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The Most Serene Republic of Citrene

“All the courage in the world cannot alter fact.”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Enadia

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Citrene

Population528 million

Currencycorentien
Animalbird-of-paradise

The Most Serene Republic of Citrene is a huge, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, complete lack of prisons, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 528 million Citreneans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 12.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Citrenean economy, worth 52.4 trillion corentiens a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. Black market activity is notable. Average income is 99,322 corentiens, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 490,984 per year while the poor average 11,420, a ratio of 43.0 to 1.

Cold medicines curiously become cheaper when government officials sneeze, only fully-fledged members of MENSA are allowed to vote, students learn how to disarm mines before understanding basic arithmetic, and the nation's nuclear defence policy is to "turn the other cheek". Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Citrene's national animal is the bird-of-paradise, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Citrene is ranked 159,064th in the world and 284th in Enadia for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 12.36 Effective Tax Rate.

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5%
Most Secular: 5,657thLargest Retail Industry: 6,103rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,227thRudest Citizens: 6,685thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,229thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,981stTop
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Most Avoided: 12,394thMost Influential: 12,940thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,731stLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,707thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,302ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 17,628thMost Developed: 17,852ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 18,070thSmartest Citizens: 18,382ndHighest Crime Rates: 20,326th
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Most Secular: 11th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 13th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 14th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionMost Avoided: 15th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17th in the regionTop
10%
Rudest Citizens: 19th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 35th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 36th in the region

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