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The Royal Dominion of Candensia

Candensia was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 308

“Everything for the people.” King Zen II

Category: Left-Leaning College State
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

Location: The Hole To Hide In

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Candensia

Population8.219 billion

CapitalAlriora
LeaderKing Zen II

CurrencyAnden
AnimalSilverwing Falcon

The Royal Dominion of Candensia is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by King Zen II with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, restrictive gun laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, hard-working population of 8.219 billion Candensians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Alriora. The average income tax rate is 87.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Candensian economy, worth a remarkable 1,419 trillion Andens a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 172,745 Andens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps, the new one Anden coin also makes a handy throwing-star, politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back, and environmental legislation occurs cyclically. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Candensia's national animal is the Silverwing Falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Candensia is ranked 171,742nd in the world and 149th in The Hole To Hide In for Most Politically Free, scoring 40.76 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Beautiful Environments: 1,678thMost Influential: 1,711thBest Weather: 1,895thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,146thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,348thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 3,093rdMost Cultured: 3,998thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,082ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,458thMost Developed: 6,295thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,651stMost Advanced Public Education: 6,740thLargest Black Market: 6,877thNicest Citizens: 7,953rdSmartest Citizens: 8,061stLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,171stLargest Retail Industry: 8,394thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,418thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,681stMost Efficient Economies: 9,095thMost Pacifist: 9,349thLargest Governments: 9,467thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,771stHighest Average Incomes: 9,952ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,048thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,687thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,061stMost Rebellious Youth: 11,353rdMost Inclusive: 11,856thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 12,232ndHighest Economic Output: 12,382ndMost Subsidized Industry: 12,902ndLongest Average Lifespans: 13,092ndLowest Crime Rates: 13,827thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,505thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,396thMost Stationary: 20,530thHealthiest Citizens: 20,959thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22,070thMost Secular: 22,221st
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 9th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 13th in the regionLargest Populations: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 15th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 15th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 16th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the regionNicest Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16th in the regionMost Pacifist: 16th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 17th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 17th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 19th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 20th in the regionLargest Governments: 20th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 20th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 21st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 22nd in the region

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