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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

Population8.831 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 remarkable for its frequent executions, compulsory military service, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, hard-working population of 8.831 billion Candensians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The large, 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 88.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Candensian economy, worth a remarkable 1,508 trillion Andens a year, is quite specialized and 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 170,863 Andens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Third world countries are rich in "I Love Alriora" t-shirts, vegetables are crisper thanks to CRISPR, every citizen sounds like a television news anchor, and King Zen II's new door-knocking campaign has the sweet taste of success. 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 22,389th in the world and 35th in The Hole To Hide In for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 4,978.2 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Most Influential: 1,574thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,657thBest Weather: 1,789thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,056thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,199thMost Cultured: 4,108thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,290thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,224thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,324thHighest Food Quality: 5,584thMost Developed: 6,298thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,440thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,887thLargest Black Market: 7,165thNicest Citizens: 7,789thSmartest Citizens: 7,994thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,361stMost Corrupt Governments: 8,629thLargest Retail Industry: 8,632ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,633rdMost Pacifist: 8,889thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,257thMost Efficient Economies: 9,273rdLargest Governments: 9,514thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,761stHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,317thHighest Average Incomes: 10,449thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,046thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 11,966thMost Inclusive: 12,223rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,264thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,819thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,963rdLowest Crime Rates: 13,721stLargest Publishing Industry: 14,625thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,600thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,353rdMost Stationary: 19,052ndHealthiest Citizens: 20,748thMost Secular: 21,987thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22,389th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionLargest Black Market: 11th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 12th in the regionMost Pacifist: 13th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 13th in the region

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