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The Republic of Cooperstate

“The harder you fall, the higher you bounce”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Balder

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Cooperstate

Population2.177 billion

Currencyguilder
Animaldolphin

The Republic of Cooperstate is a massive, genial nation, renowned for its complete lack of prisons, avant-garde cinema, and zero percent divorce rate. The compassionate, devout population of 2.177 billion Cooperstateans 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 74.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Cooperstatean economy, worth 176 trillion guilders a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Trout Farming, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 80,915 guilders, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training, the government has started a campaign to crack down on road rage and encourage alternate means of commuting, economists have been named Invertebrates of the Year, and shady doctors seem to have impeccable records. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cooperstate's national animal is the dolphin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Cooperstate is ranked 150,892nd in the world and 5,836th in Balder for Largest Retail Industry, scoring -16.97 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Most Primitive: 1,857thMost Devout: 2,726thBest Weather: 6,463rdTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 9,218thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,621stMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,837thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,883rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,261stNicest Citizens: 11,291stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,099thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,475thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,666thMost Pacifist: 13,345thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,365th
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Most Primitive: 102nd in the regionMost Devout: 142nd in the regionBest Weather: 288th in the regionTop
10%
Most Beautiful Environments: 446th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 523rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 539th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 550th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 589th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Cooperstate was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Cooperstate voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Forced Sterilisation".
  • : Following new legislation in Cooperstate, shady doctors seem to have impeccable records.
  • : Following new legislation in Cooperstate, economists have been named Invertebrates of the Year.
  • : Cooperstate was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Cooperstate, the government has started a campaign to crack down on road rage and encourage alternate means of commuting.
  • : Following new legislation in Cooperstate, running away is an essential part of the elite forces' hand-to-hand training.
  • : Following new legislation in Cooperstate, there has been a rapid increase of noise complaints over the sound of buzzing bees.
  • : Cooperstate was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Democratic Socialists".
  • : Cooperstate endorsed The Kingdom of North East Somerset.

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