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The Republic of Dicha

“There is nothing impossible to those who try”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The East Pacific



Population16.162 billion

LeaderSupreme Counciler of Dicha

AnimalBorder Collie

The Republic of Dicha is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Supreme Counciler of Dicha with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, humorless population of 16.162 billion Dichans 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 relatively small government prioritizes Education, although Welfare, Healthcare, and Environment are also considered important, while Defense and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bliss. The average income tax rate is 9.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Dichan economy, worth a remarkable 3,888 trillion Moments a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Trout Farming, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an amazing 240,598 Moments, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Disaster victims are viewed with disdain, there's never enough space in space, parties that are too noisy are broken up to prevent disturbing wildlife, and the government spends more on chasing distant comets than on basic infrastructure. Crime is totally unknown. Dicha's national animal is the Border Collie, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Dicha is ranked 64,254th in the world and 2,859th in The East Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 50 on the Rand Index.

Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 76thBest Weather: 235thMost Beautiful Environments: 273rdMost Secular: 301stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 453rdLongest Average Lifespans: 560thMost Rebellious Youth: 571stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 611thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 686thSmartest Citizens: 807thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,052ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,095thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,124thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,150thMost Pacifist: 1,175thHealthiest Citizens: 1,301stLargest Insurance Industry: 1,328thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,366thMost Inclusive: 1,500thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,627thTop
Most Stationary: 1,959thRudest Citizens: 1,966thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,203rdHighest Economic Output: 2,286thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,598thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,071stHighest Average Incomes: 3,291stHighest Poor Incomes: 3,546thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,654thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,192ndMost Developed: 4,819thSafest: 4,943rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,826thLargest Governments: 6,977thTop
Largest Populations: 8,546thMost Cultured: 9,114thMost Influential: 9,320thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,924thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,188thLowest Crime Rates: 11,952ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,852ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,437thNudest: 15,455th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 10th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 14th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 15th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 19th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 21st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 25th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 31st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 33rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 34th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 35th in the regionMost Stationary: 36th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 36th in the regionMost Pacifist: 37th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 37th in the regionRudest Citizens: 54th in the regionMost Inclusive: 54th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 56th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 62nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 68th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 75th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 75th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 79th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 90th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 114th in the regionSafest: 130th in the regionMost Developed: 142nd in the regionLargest Governments: 179th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 184th in the regionMost Cultured: 242nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 288th in the regionNudest: 289th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 307th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 316th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 367th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 422nd in the regionMost Influential: 494th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 612th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 679th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 697th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 706th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Dicha, the government spends more on chasing distant comets than on basic infrastructure.
  • : Following new legislation in Dicha, parties that are too noisy are broken up to prevent disturbing wildlife.
  • : Following new legislation in Dicha, there's never enough space in space.
  • : Following new legislation in Dicha, disaster victims are viewed with disdain.
  • : Following new legislation in Dicha, a recent political debate came to a quick close once the ruling party decreed it was "just plain silly".
  • : Following new legislation in Dicha, waste is frequently shipped to other countries.
  • : Following new legislation in Dicha, every workday begins with group therapy.
  • : Following new legislation in Dicha, foreign 'investors' have been taking a great interest in the new secret shuttle.
  • : Following new legislation in Dicha, crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination.
  • : Following new legislation in Dicha, for just a few extra Moments Dichans can get new driving records with their new cars.