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The Benevolent Queendom of Divine Cervine

“Where the deer’s swift leap startles the wild bee”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus

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Divine Cervine

Population11.377 billion

CapitalEnchanted Wildwood
LeaderQueen Arbeaone

Currency¤ luminous orb
Animaliridescent-winged purple peryton

The Benevolent Queendom of Divine Cervine is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Queen Arbeaone with an even hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, national health service, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, cheerful population of 11.377 billion Divine Deerlings are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Enchanted Wildwood. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Divine Cervinean economy, worth a remarkable 3,673 trillion ¤ luminous orbs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 322,906 ¤ luminous orbs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Knitters are arrested for carrying needles in their bags, military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies, cotton candy made from genuine cotton cellulose doesn't quite satisfy, and Divine Cervinean watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Divine Cervine's national animal is the iridescent-winged purple peryton, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Divine Cervine is ranked 205,672nd in the world and 7,705th in Lazarus for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring -56.66 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

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Most Inclusive: 6thLargest Welfare Programs: 7thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9thMost Pacifist: 10thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13thMost Advanced Public Education: 17thNicest Citizens: 17thMost Developed: 22ndLowest Crime Rates: 22ndMost Beautiful Environments: 25thHighest Average Tax Rates: 26thBest Weather: 26thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 27thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 29thLongest Average Lifespans: 30thSafest: 37thHealthiest Citizens: 45thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 52ndLargest Governments: 71stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 77thMost Cheerful Citizens: 104thSmartest Citizens: 122ndMost Cultured: 175thLeast Corrupt Governments: 182ndHighest Poor Incomes: 247thMost Income Equality: 261stMost Secular: 370thMost Subsidized Industry: 452ndMost Efficient Economies: 515thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 543rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,055thHighest Average Incomes: 1,557thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,602ndTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,501stHighest Economic Output: 3,077thMost Stationary: 6,948thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,939thTop
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Most Influential: 12,644thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,881stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,620th
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Most Developed: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Income Equality: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionMost Secular: 14th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 36th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 63rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 64th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 64th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 84th in the regionMost Stationary: 142nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 148th in the regionMost Influential: 358th in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 443rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 729th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, Divine Cervinean watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, cotton candy made from genuine cotton cellulose doesn't quite satisfy.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, knitters are arrested for carrying needles in their bags.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, the government regularly reassures citizens that there are no monsters under their beds.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, the meaning of life was recently discovered in the patch notes for Version 1.42.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, bitter pastors forced to officiate gay marriage 'accidentally' pronounce couples "husband and abomination".
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, it can be a real jungle in a modern courtroom.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, the government recently donated a surfboard to an impoverished family in a landlocked region.
  • : Following new legislation in Divine Cervine, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order.

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