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The Protected species of Dreshand

“Ex Tenebra Lux” The High Overseer

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The East Pacific

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Dreshand

Population2.474 billion

CapitalShanaxanti
LeaderThe High Overseer
FaithMaxwellism

CurrencyCredit
AnimalGiant Squid

The Protected species of Dreshand is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by The High Overseer with a fair hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 2.474 billion Dreshandian Transhumanists enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shanaxanti. The average income tax rate is 80.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Dreshandian economy, worth 396 trillion Credits a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 160,231 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Young girls and senior citizens alike can be spotted wearing colourful short shorts, the government seeks peaceful forum with terrorists, doctors accused of having no heart reply that cardiology isn't their speciality, and hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Dreshand's national animal is the Giant Squid, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Maxwellism.

Dreshand is ranked 39,723rd in the world and 1,638th in The East Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 3,563.6 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Influential: 2,041stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,018thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,769thMost Developed: 6,806thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,859thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,492ndLongest Average Lifespans: 7,611thMost Devout: 7,628thMost Cultured: 8,066thHealthiest Citizens: 8,361stTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 8,866thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,873rdMost Inclusive: 8,917thBest Weather: 8,969thLowest Crime Rates: 8,990thSafest: 9,140thLargest Governments: 9,747thNicest Citizens: 9,835thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,182ndMost Efficient Economies: 10,344thSmartest Citizens: 10,447thHighest Average Incomes: 10,611thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,641stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,267thLargest Retail Industry: 11,316thMost Pacifist: 11,620thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11,895thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,656thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,316thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,105thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,507thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,097thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,568thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,341st
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Most Influential: 125th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 185th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 186th in the regionMost Developed: 204th in the regionMost Cultured: 217th in the regionMost Devout: 220th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 228th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 229th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 231st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 233rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 240th in the regionLargest Governments: 242nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 253rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 257th in the regionMost Inclusive: 263rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 264th in the regionBest Weather: 269th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 272nd in the regionSafest: 278th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 282nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 287th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 294th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 301st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 304th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 312th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 326th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 330th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 363rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 373rd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 387th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 397th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 399th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 400th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 406th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 519th in the regionRudest Citizens: 632nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 661st in the region

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