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The Republic of Eastern Don Mard

“Strength Through Freedom”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: the South Pacific


Eastern Don Mard

Population1.934 billion

LeaderMichelle Lyndon


The Republic of Eastern Don Mard is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Michelle Lyndon with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.934 billion Eastern Don Mardians 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 large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Drexburn. The average income tax rate is 80.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Eastern Don Mardian economy, worth 202 trillion kronor a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 104,876 kronor, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Extreme hiring regulations mean a job in Eastern Don Mard is often a lifetime appointment, politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back, the Museum of Blackacrean War Crimes is located on "Blackacre Did Nothing Wrong Avenue", and plain-clothes police officers follow Dàguó tourists everywhere they go. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Eastern Don Mard's national animal is the wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Eastern Don Mard is ranked 29,587th in the world and 862nd in the South Pacific for Highest Average Incomes, with 104,876.93 Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 5,147thSafest: 5,152ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,376thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,611thNicest Citizens: 6,011thMost Pacifist: 6,485thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,579thMost Inclusive: 7,740thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,617thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,852ndLongest Average Lifespans: 9,197thBest Weather: 9,220thHealthiest Citizens: 9,443rdTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 10,348thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,044thMost Cultured: 12,450thLeast Corrupt Governments: 12,527thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,518thMost Developed: 13,599thLowest Crime Rates: 13,987thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,091stMost Beautiful Environments: 14,313thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,756thMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,497thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,741stMost Advanced Public Education: 18,026thLargest Governments: 18,103rdSmartest Citizens: 19,674thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,978th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 157th in the regionSafest: 165th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 186th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 194th in the regionNicest Citizens: 208th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 229th in the regionMost Pacifist: 243rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 266th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 273rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 280th in the regionBest Weather: 283rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 286th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 288th in the regionMost Cultured: 355th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 372nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 389th in the regionMost Developed: 393rd in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 409th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 414th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 438th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 449th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 475th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 495th in the regionLargest Governments: 499th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 532nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 542nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 568th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 579th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 673rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 709th in the region

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