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The Republic of Effazio

“Ad maius bonum”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Forest

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Effazio

Population15.53 billion

CapitalArysoma
LeaderChancellor Rotmund
FaithUtilitarianism

CurrencyCrown
AnimalDragon

The Republic of Effazio is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Chancellor Rotmund with a fair hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 15.53 billion Effazians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Social Policy. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arysoma. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Effazian economy, worth a remarkable 2,748 trillion Crowns a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 176,973 Crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Attendance of fathers at PTA meetings is at an all-time high, "Idol-Worship for the Apathetic" workshops are cancelled when no-one bothers to show up, heartfelt sentiments are mercilessly marketed by a million-Crown treacle machine, and Chancellor Rotmund's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies. Crime is totally unknown. Effazio's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Utilitarianism.

Effazio is ranked 49,003rd in the world and 113th in Forest for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 215,657 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Influential: 2,734thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,758thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,806thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,822ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,898thHighest Economic Output: 5,461stHighest Average Incomes: 9,415thMost Efficient Economies: 11,506thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 12th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionMost Pacifist: 14th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16th in the regionMost Developed: 20th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 21st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 22nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 22nd in the regionMost Cultured: 23rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 24th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 24th in the regionNicest Citizens: 24th in the regionTop
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