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The Republic of Durfia

“A strong economy, a strong country.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: Lazarus

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Durfia

Population3.019 billion

Currencyflorin
Animalbison

The Republic of Durfia is a massive, efficient nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, pith helmet sales, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.019 billion Durfians 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 medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 77.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Durfian economy, worth 449 trillion florins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 148,824 florins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Only vaccinated citizens may have free healthcare, workers tend to schedule naps during all-hands meetings, school children asked "what is two times two?" are likely to form a symposium to discuss how different answers make them feel, and the Durfian basket weaving sector is on the brink of collapse as cheap imports flood the market. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Durfia's national animal is the bison, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Durfia is ranked 7,371st in the world and 375th in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 6,366.39 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Top
5%
Most Influential: 4,768thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,771stMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,928thNicest Citizens: 5,993rdMost Inclusive: 6,045thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,281stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,863rdMost Developed: 6,866thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,910thMost Pacifist: 7,169thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,371stLongest Average Lifespans: 7,435thTop
10%
Most Cheerful Citizens: 7,852ndLargest Publishing Industry: 7,860thHealthiest Citizens: 8,028thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,154thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,688thMost Efficient Economies: 8,704thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,894thMost Cultured: 9,232ndLowest Crime Rates: 9,706thSmartest Citizens: 10,057thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,413thLeast Corrupt Governments: 10,620thBest Weather: 11,047thLargest Governments: 11,339thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,471stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,916thHighest Average Incomes: 12,651stMost Advanced Public Education: 13,292ndMost Secular: 14,163rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,772nd
Top
5%
Most Influential: 153rd in the regionTop
10%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 293rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 297th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 301st in the regionNicest Citizens: 306th in the regionMost Inclusive: 311th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 353rd in the regionMost Developed: 353rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 375th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 386th in the regionMost Pacifist: 403rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 420th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 443rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 446th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 448th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 468th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 472nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 492nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 522nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 528th in the regionMost Cultured: 536th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Durfia's influence in Lazarus rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Following new legislation in Durfia, the Durfian basket weaving sector is on the brink of collapse as cheap imports flood the market.
  • : Following new legislation in Durfia, school children asked "what is two times two?" are likely to form a symposium to discuss how different answers make them feel.
  • : Following new legislation in Durfia, workers tend to schedule naps during all-hands meetings.
  • : Following new legislation in Durfia, only vaccinated citizens may have free healthcare.
  • : Durfia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Durfia, biotech companies are fined if their jumbled genetic sequences look too familiar.
  • : Following new legislation in Durfia, the ruling party has a devil of a time keeping order in the ranks.
  • : Durfia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Durfia's influence in Lazarus rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".

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