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The Republic of Countdown

“You Can't Stop Progress”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Anniki



Population3.741 billion


The Republic of Countdown is a massive, cultured nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, parental licensing program, and compulsory military service. The devout population of 3.741 billion Countdownians 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 medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 36.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Countdownian economy, worth 177 trillion guilders a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Woodchip Exports, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 47,379 guilders, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

The media have begun calling the government treasury "Leader's stash", the government regularly reassures citizens that there are no monsters under their beds, the education system is being cleansed of all corporate influence, and broken suspension systems are giving auto repair shops plenty of business. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Countdown's national animal is the crocodile, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Countdown is ranked 148,943rd in the world and 2nd in Anniki for Highest Disposable Incomes, with 30,086.02 Standard Monetary Units.

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