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The Ranging Ungulate Herd of Elk

“Why are reindeer the only Christmas cervid?”

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

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Democratia

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Elk

Population2.186 billion

CapitalElks Lodge
LeaderLincoln Elkhart
FaithGrazing

Currencykrone
AnimalMoose

The Ranging Ungulate Herd of Elk is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Lincoln Elkhart with a fair hand, and renowned for its national health service, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 2.186 billion Elk hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Elks Lodge. The average income tax rate is 83.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Elk economy, worth 322 trillion kroner a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 147,484 kroner, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Motorcycle riders are required to wear so much gear they've been nicknamed "Stay Pufts", invasive species are hunted by the gendarmerie, school kids who pretend to drive imaginary cars get a social worker and a police observer assigned to them, and Lincoln Elkhart's handshakes with opposition leaders usually lead to thumb wars. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Elk's national animal is the Moose, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Grazing.

Elk is ranked 107,149th in the world and 4th in Democratia for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 476.35 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,376thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,125thNicest Citizens: 2,990thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,003rdMost Pacifist: 3,336thSafest: 3,548thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,581stBest Weather: 4,095thHealthiest Citizens: 4,097thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,112thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,455thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,988thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,214thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,320thMost Inclusive: 5,444thMost Developed: 5,578thMost Cultured: 5,777thSmartest Citizens: 5,875thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,058thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,543rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,952ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,077thLowest Crime Rates: 8,409thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 9,119thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,375thMost Efficient Economies: 9,455thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,597thLargest Governments: 10,432ndMost Subsidized Industry: 10,861stHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,166thHighest Average Incomes: 13,484thMost Secular: 14,861stMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,216th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Elk was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Elk, Lincoln Elkhart's handshakes with opposition leaders usually lead to thumb wars.
  • : Following new legislation in Elk, school kids who pretend to drive imaginary cars get a social worker and a police observer assigned to them.
  • : Following new legislation in Elk, invasive species are hunted by the gendarmerie.
  • : Following new legislation in Elk, motorcycle riders are required to wear so much gear they've been nicknamed "Stay Pufts".
  • : Following new legislation in Elk, flipping a coin to make a decision leads to a referral to Gambling Addiction Services.
  • : Following new legislation in Elk, the banshee wail foretells skies of death.
  • : Following new legislation in Elk, the Grinder at Fat Sal's Deli and Recycling Center is a national institution.
  • : Following new legislation in Elk, '.lib' or '.con' domains indicate whether Elk websites are meant for liberals or conservatives.
  • : Following new legislation in Elk, people can get away with murder these days.

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