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The Island Republic of Cosie

“Ubi bene, ibi patria”

Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
Excessive
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excessive

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: The Western Isles

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Cosie

Population5.734 billion

CapitalReunion
LeaderGiulian
FaithSaint Benedict's Rule

Currencycob
Animaliguana

The Island Republic of Cosie is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Giulian with a fair hand, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and complete absence of social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 5.734 billion Cosians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The relatively small, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Reunion. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 33.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Cosian economy, worth a remarkable 1,123 trillion cobs a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Retail and Pizza Delivery. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 195,917 cobs, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 574,024 per year while the poor average 52,742, a ratio of 10.9 to 1.

The "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Reunion Times is sold out, workers of "fairweather faith" claim six months of paid leave for holy days per year, cane fights are a common sight in nursing homes, and libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Cosie's national animal is the iguana, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Saint Benedict's Rule.

Cosie is ranked 154,645th in the world and 169th in The Western Isles for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -12.49 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Largest Retail Industry: 63rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 368thHighest Crime Rates: 378thMost Devout: 524thMost Armed: 601stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 603rdBest Weather: 627thMost Cheerful Citizens: 778thRudest Citizens: 898thMost Beautiful Environments: 926thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,431stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,503rdTop
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Most Primitive: 1,619thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,699thMost Cultured: 1,887thLargest Black Market: 1,951stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,066thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,510thNicest Citizens: 2,600thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,887thMost Influential: 3,208thMost Inclusive: 3,519thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,672ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,037thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,296thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,634thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,470thHighest Average Incomes: 6,086thMost Politically Free: 6,241stFattest Citizens: 6,715thMost Efficient Economies: 7,138thHighest Drug Use: 7,546thTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 7,985thHighest Economic Output: 12,725th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Primitive: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Extreme: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 8th in the regionTop
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Most Pro-Market: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Inclusive: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 15th in the regionFattest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 17th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Cosie, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars.
  • : Following new legislation in Cosie, cane fights are a common sight in nursing homes.
  • : Following new legislation in Cosie, workers of "fairweather faith" claim six months of paid leave for holy days per year.
  • : Following new legislation in Cosie, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Reunion Times is sold out.
  • : Following new legislation in Cosie, newspapers are celebrating Giulian saving over a million cats from trees.
  • : Following new legislation in Cosie, corporate innovation has effectively ended since ideas can no longer be owned.
  • : Following new legislation in Cosie, concerned environmentalists wipe away their tears with tissues sourced from Tasmanian old-growth redwoods.
  • : Following new legislation in Cosie, polling place volunteers are suddenly opening a huge number of offshore bank accounts.
  • : Following new legislation in Cosie, economists confusingly list "fusarium rot and leaf blight" as major risk factors for monetary deflation.
  • : Following new legislation in Cosie, the government is giving peace a chance.

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