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The United States of Colendia

“Down with the traitors, up with Vooperia!”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The United Federations

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Colendia

Population1.067 billion

CapitalNew Eden
LeaderGeneral Allnames
FaithAtheism

CurrencyCredit
AnimalBald Eagle

The United States of Colendia is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by General Allnames with an even hand, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.067 billion Colendians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Eden. The average income tax rate is 83.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Colendian economy, worth 145 trillion Credits a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 136,488 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps", General Allnames's webseries about the alleged hauntings of New Eden generates millions of views, military officers are given medals for disobeying orders, and hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Colendia's national animal is the Bald Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Atheism.

Colendia is ranked 16,466th in the world and 53rd in The United Federations for Most Influential, scoring 1,769 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Most Secular: 2,780thHealthiest Citizens: 4,957thBest Weather: 5,370thMost Developed: 6,720thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,097thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,478thTop
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Safest: 8,042ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,546thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,571stLargest Welfare Programs: 9,003rdLowest Crime Rates: 9,111thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,117thNicest Citizens: 9,298thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,307thMost Inclusive: 9,612thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,632ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,719thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,720thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,857thSmartest Citizens: 10,142ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,649thLargest Governments: 11,107thMost Efficient Economies: 11,226thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,283rdMost Subsidized Industry: 11,726thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,235thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,833rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,120thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,704th
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Healthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 10th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 12th in the regionMost Secular: 12th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 12th in the regionNicest Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 13th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 17th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 17th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 18th in the regionMost Inclusive: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 21st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Colendia, hiding wrinkles with make-up is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Colendia, military officers are given medals for disobeying orders.
  • : Following new legislation in Colendia, General Allnames's webseries about the alleged hauntings of New Eden generates millions of views.
  • : Following new legislation in Colendia, drill sergeants yell in the ears of bespectacled nerds in cybermilitary "reboot camps".
  • : Colendia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Safest and the Top 10% for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Colendia, throwing a sickie is a serious crime.
  • : Following new legislation in Colendia, opening a bad email attachment can be a major felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Colendia, engineers ask liberal arts majors "Do you want fries with that?".
  • : Following new legislation in Colendia, the most penniless demographics have by far the highest number of researchers per capita.
  • : Following new legislation in Colendia, the entire entry for Colendia in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless'.

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