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The Confederate States of Claraxia

“I can feel three kinds of softness!”

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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Claraxia

Population33.796 billion

CapitalNew Oxford
LeaderMr Towns
Faiththe Cult of Shimajiro

Currencypound
Animaltimber wolf

The Confederate States of Claraxia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Mr Towns with a fair hand, and renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful population of 33.796 billion Claraxians 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 is primarily concerned with Education, with Healthcare, Welfare, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Oxford. The average income tax rate is 77.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Claraxian economy, worth a remarkable 9,343 trillion pounds a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Automobile Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 276,455 pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Cars speed down national highways while drivers sleep at the wheel, the 'sing-a-long with Mr Towns' album is a popular souvenir, it's often raining men (hallelujah) in New Oxford, and there's no representation without taxation. Crime is totally unknown. Claraxia's national animal is the timber wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is the Cult of Shimajiro.

Claraxia is ranked 81,587th in the world and 3,240th in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 1,180.04 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 137thMost Cheerful Citizens: 302ndHighest Economic Output: 403rdSmartest Citizens: 489thMost Cultured: 498thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 707thLargest Populations: 785thMost Stationary: 809thMost Inclusive: 972ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 988thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,162ndMost Efficient Economies: 1,205thMost Developed: 1,339thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,490thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,547thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 1,571stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,728thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,761stLongest Average Lifespans: 1,860thHighest Average Incomes: 2,114thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,375thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,451stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,454thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,777thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,852ndLargest Welfare Programs: 3,048thRudest Citizens: 3,130thMost Influential: 3,322ndLargest Governments: 3,499thHealthiest Citizens: 4,164thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,389thSafest: 7,490thTop
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Highest Drug Use: 8,411thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,800thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,700thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,894thNudest: 13,152ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,885th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Stationary: 13th in the regionMost Cultured: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 15th in the regionLargest Populations: 19th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 28th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 36th in the regionMost Inclusive: 37th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 48th in the regionMost Developed: 51st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 59th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 63rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 65th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 67th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 70th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 75th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 90th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 91st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 94th in the regionMost Influential: 94th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 100th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 102nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 126th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 127th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 152nd in the regionLargest Governments: 176th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 182nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 211th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 226th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 252nd in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 451st in the regionSafest: 469th in the regionNudest: 513th in the region

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