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The Grand Duchy of Chareest

“We Will Endure”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific



Population3.529 billion


The Grand Duchy of Chareest is a massive, genial nation, notable for its soft-spoken computers, state-planned economy, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 3.529 billion Chareestians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 82.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Chareestian economy, worth 173 trillion guilders a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Pizza Delivery, and Tourism. Average income is 49,069 guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

An increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents, re-education centers are being added to most prisons, internet moderator is one of the most popular jobs among the nation's more socially awkward citizens, and one does not simply walk into the tundra. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Chareest's national animal is the emu, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Chareest is ranked 139,863rd in the world and 5,044th in the South Pacific for Most Average, scoring 32.09 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,901stMost Influential: 3,036thMost Income Equality: 7,909thMost Pacifist: 8,083rdSafest: 8,412thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 11,030thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,459thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,506thHighest Drug Use: 12,820thNicest Citizens: 13,508thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,928thMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,629thMost Inclusive: 16,336thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,321stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,789thBest Weather: 19,159thLowest Crime Rates: 19,260thMost Beautiful Environments: 19,385thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,599thMost Secular: 19,951st
Highest Drug Use: 167th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 306th in the regionMost Pacifist: 307th in the regionSafest: 309th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 318th in the regionMost Income Equality: 350th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 353rd in the regionMost Influential: 377th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 464th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 487th in the regionNicest Citizens: 496th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 516th in the regionMost Stationary: 520th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 589th in the regionMost Inclusive: 595th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 605th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 619th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 622nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 623rd in the regionBest Weather: 666th in the regionLargest Governments: 687th in the regionLargest Populations: 695th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 703rd in the regionMost Secular: 710th in the region

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