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The Free Land of Elkenian

“Freedom & Self Dicipline” Leader

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The East Pacific

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Elkenian

Population22.642 billion

LeaderLeader

Currencyelk
Animaleagle

The Free Land of Elkenian is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and compulsory military service. The compassionate population of 22.642 billion Elkenians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The relatively small, socially-minded government is dominated by the Department of Education, with Healthcare and Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid aren't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 8.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Elkenian economy, worth a remarkable 3,368 trillion elks a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Furniture Restoration, and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 148,776 elks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Fat-shaming is now public policy, gun-wielding criminals always wear appropriate eye and ear protection, modelling agencies send their clients to work in nursing homes, and some people will do literally anything to be in the spotlight. Crime is totally unknown. Elkenian's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Elkenian is ranked 153,527th in the world and 6,268th in The East Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -20 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 187thHealthiest Citizens: 281stMost Cultured: 501stMost Developed: 624thLongest Average Lifespans: 749thMost Stationary: 785thBest Weather: 843rdMost Beautiful Environments: 1,027thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,029thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,056thMost Efficient Economies: 1,127thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,325thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,353rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,548thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 1,638thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,682ndNicest Citizens: 1,714thLowest Crime Rates: 2,010thMost Influential: 2,091stMost Pacifist: 2,429thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,866thHighest Economic Output: 2,875thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,440thLargest Populations: 3,957thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,072ndHighest Poor Incomes: 4,592ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,012thTop
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Most Secular: 8,917thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11,058thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,175thHighest Average Incomes: 12,662ndMost Income Equality: 13,313th
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Cultured: 11th in the regionMost Stationary: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 15th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 16th in the regionMost Developed: 18th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 20th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 22nd in the regionBest Weather: 24th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 26th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 29th in the regionLargest Populations: 32nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 35th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 37th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 40th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 42nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 43rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 44th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 51st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 66th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 74th in the regionMost Pacifist: 76th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 107th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 128th in the regionMost Influential: 137th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 151st in the regionMost Secular: 274th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 292nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 292nd in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 401st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 432nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 566th in the regionMost Income Equality: 596th in the region

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