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The Quantum Interference Device of Courlany

“Saving the world before bedtime™”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus



Population16.668 billion

LeaderNationStates MEMBER SINCE MARCH 2007


The Quantum Interference Device of Courlany is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by NationStates MEMBER SINCE MARCH 2007 with a fair hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, national health service, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 16.668 billion Courlaners are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Industry, and Welfare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Courlanepolis-Sagan. The average income tax rate is 99.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Courlan economy, worth a remarkable 4,494 trillion NOBEL PRIZES a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 269,669 NOBEL PRIZES, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sleep-deprived officials are known to collapse after late night revision for their examinations, the price of freedom is about half a million NOBEL PRIZES, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars, and modelling agencies send their clients to work in nursing homes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Courlany's national animal is the PRINCETON TIGER, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Courlany is ranked 207,634th in the world and 7,804th in Lazarus for Most Avoided, scoring 0.19 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Least Corrupt Governments: 288thMost Pacifist: 317thSafest: 343rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 447thMost Compassionate Citizens: 534thNicest Citizens: 568thMost Beautiful Environments: 571stMost Developed: 596thLargest Publishing Industry: 599thSmartest Citizens: 628thMost Advanced Public Education: 646thMost Cultured: 656thLongest Average Lifespans: 686thHealthiest Citizens: 770thLowest Crime Rates: 779thBest Weather: 822ndLargest Governments: 843rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 947thHighest Average Tax Rates: 980thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,037thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,051stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,198thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,293rdMost Subsidized Industry: 1,364thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,490thMost Efficient Economies: 1,500thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,899thMost Inclusive: 1,926thMost Influential: 2,032ndTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,113thHighest Economic Output: 2,196thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,212thHighest Average Incomes: 2,700thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,222ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,404thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,019thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,570thLargest Populations: 10,185thTop
Most Secular: 11,601stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,847thMost Stationary: 20,372nd
Least Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionMost Pacifist: 11th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15th in the regionSafest: 16th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Influential: 17th in the regionNicest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Developed: 20th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 21st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 23rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 24th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 27th in the regionMost Cultured: 28th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 32nd in the regionBest Weather: 34th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 34th in the regionLargest Governments: 40th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 44th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 47th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 51st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 52nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 54th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 55th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 58th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 65th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 67th in the regionMost Inclusive: 71st in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 82nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 85th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 97th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 100th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 124th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 306th in the regionLargest Populations: 310th in the regionMost Stationary: 326th in the regionTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 397th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 424th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 540th in the regionMost Secular: 623rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 765th in the region

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