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The Republic of Choushuu

“Taigi no tame no gisei to nare!” D'Argo Crichton

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The East Pacific



Population1.904 billion

CapitalAizu Hanshi
LeaderD'Argo Crichton


The Republic of Choushuu is a massive, genial nation, ruled by D'Argo Crichton with an even hand, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, anti-smoking policies, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate population of 1.904 billion Roushis are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aizu Hanshi. The average income tax rate is 91.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Choushuuan economy, worth 238 trillion Ryous 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 Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 125,114 Ryous, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

T-shirts displaying a photo of D'Argo Crichton performing the Full-Monty are selling out, intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works, Roushis refer to transgender people with insults instead of pronouns, and in life full of care there is no time to stop and stare. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Choushuu's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Science.

Choushuu is ranked 153,531st in the world and 6,674th in The East Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring -81.33 on the Rand Index.

Most Secular: 903rdTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,299thMost Pacifist: 2,720thMost Influential: 2,802ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,154thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,278thHealthiest Citizens: 4,520thSafest: 4,577thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,028thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,117thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,373rdBest Weather: 5,427thMost Developed: 5,526thLowest Crime Rates: 5,531stNicest Citizens: 5,696thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,731stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,759thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,852ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,027thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,599thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,750thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,158thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,247thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,301stMost Inclusive: 8,217thTop
Largest Governments: 8,994thMost Cultured: 9,104thSmartest Citizens: 9,739thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,069thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,515thMost Efficient Economies: 12,084thMost Income Equality: 13,364thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,262ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15,505th
Most Secular: 29th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 62nd in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 90th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 102nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 114th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 124th in the regionSafest: 125th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 137th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 137th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 139th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 140th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 141st in the regionMost Developed: 159th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 159th in the regionBest Weather: 160th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 166th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 170th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 170th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 179th in the regionNicest Citizens: 180th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 195th in the regionMost Influential: 202nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 205th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 218th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 219th in the regionLargest Governments: 222nd in the regionMost Cultured: 241st in the regionMost Inclusive: 250th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 262nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 274th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 300th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 395th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 511th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 569th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 607th in the regionMost Income Equality: 618th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 723rd in the region

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