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The Eclectic Republic of Difinbelk

“Slinnov sikkels eppim!”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excessive

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Forest

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Difinbelk

Population3.434 billion

CapitalAyorj
LeaderEpijbelk
FaithSikkels

CurrencyKepin
Animalfennec fox

The Eclectic Republic of Difinbelk is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Epijbelk with a fair hand, and remarkable for its digital currency, state-planned economy, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.434 billion Difin 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, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ayorj. The average income tax rate is 91.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Difinol economy, worth 580 trillion Kepins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 169,168 Kepins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Maximum security fish farms leave caged salmon pining for the fjords, celebrities sit helplessly as they are labeled "pompous womples" by Epijbelk, the 'sing-a-long with Epijbelk' album is a popular souvenir, and the government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Difinbelk's national animal is the fennec fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Sikkels.

Difinbelk is ranked 22,413th in the world and 154th in Forest for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 3,105.58 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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1%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,983rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,547thTop
5%
Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,818thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,839thMost Developed: 3,191stSmartest Citizens: 3,579thMost Inclusive: 3,772ndMost Beautiful Environments: 4,236thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,262ndHighest Food Quality: 4,286thHealthiest Citizens: 4,442ndBest Weather: 4,671stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,131stLongest Average Lifespans: 5,319thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,760thNicest Citizens: 6,012thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,335thSafest: 6,830thLargest Governments: 6,907thRudest Citizens: 6,931stLargest Publishing Industry: 7,077thMost Efficient Economies: 7,305thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,433rdMost Pacifist: 7,536thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,836thMost Secular: 8,017thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,205thMost Cultured: 8,323rdLowest Crime Rates: 8,671stMost Subsidized Industry: 9,737thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,290thHighest Average Incomes: 11,394thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,845thTop
10%
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,364thMost Rebellious Youth: 15,669thLargest Welfare Programs: 22,413thMost Politically Free: 24,511th
Top
5%
Most Politically Free: 14th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 16th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 17th in the regionTop
10%
Largest Information Technology Sector: 32nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 34th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Difinbelk, the government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups.
  • : Following new legislation in Difinbelk, the 'sing-a-long with Epijbelk' album is a popular souvenir.
  • : Following new legislation in Difinbelk, celebrities sit helplessly as they are labeled "pompous womples" by Epijbelk.
  • : Following new legislation in Difinbelk, maximum security fish farms leave caged salmon pining for the fjords.
  • : Difinbelk was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Following new legislation in Difinbelk, nine out of ten citizens of Difinbelk answered 'nuclear safety inspector' when asked their occupation.
  • : Following new legislation in Difinbelk, it is not politically correct to suspect that a serially convicted burglar might steal again.
  • : Following new legislation in Difinbelk, students are known to arrive at school in their pyjamas.
  • : Following new legislation in Difinbelk, veteran cops reminisce over their heavy armor days.
  • : Following new legislation in Difinbelk, citizens who leave the country are officially classed as traitors.

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