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The Most Serene Republic of Delight

“Purity of heart is to will one thing.”

Category: Left-Leaning College State
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: the Rejected Realms



Population8.005 billion


CurrencyBrass Button
AnimalDeath Meadow Dragon

The Most Serene Republic of Delight is a colossal, socially progressive nation, renowned for its irreverence towards religion, absence of drug laws, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 8.005 billion Delightists enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Elathuria. The average income tax rate is 88.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Delightian economy, worth 670 trillion Brass Buttons a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 83,794 Brass Buttons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Woefully uninformed voters cast their ballots at random, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams, local executives are seen on the corner with cardboard signs reading "will oppress the masses for food", and the long arm of the law possesses a rather slow hand. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Delight's national animal is the Death Meadow Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Delight is ranked 222,337th in the world and 7,150th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -8.2 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,622ndBest Weather: 3,207thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,519thMost Influential: 3,888thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,074thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,522ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,254thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,109thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,662ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,944thMost Pacifist: 8,058thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,358thNicest Citizens: 8,361stMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,068thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,288thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,288thMost Inclusive: 10,265thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,426thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,522ndHealthiest Citizens: 10,543rdTop
Safest: 12,436thMost Cultured: 14,831stSmartest Citizens: 15,817thMost Secular: 16,462ndLowest Crime Rates: 17,949thMost Developed: 19,158thLargest Governments: 19,661stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 20,566thMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,453rdMost Subsidized Industry: 22,723rdHighest Poor Incomes: 23,024th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 26th in the regionMost Influential: 29th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 81st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 81st in the regionBest Weather: 95th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 131st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 150th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 160th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 164th in the regionNicest Citizens: 164th in the regionMost Pacifist: 168th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 170th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 192nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 203rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 207th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 227th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 233rd in the regionSafest: 255th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 259th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 287th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 299th in the regionMost Cultured: 306th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 331st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 342nd in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 392nd in the regionMost Developed: 407th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 433rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 434th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 460th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 510th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 544th in the regionMost Secular: 555th in the regionLargest Governments: 570th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 697th in the regionMost Income Equality: 739th in the region

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