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The Sleeping City of Fractethyst

“Is there an echo in here?”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Page

Location: 10000 Islands

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Fractethyst

Population1.391 billion

CapitalMriya
LeaderSosu

CurrencyCoin
AnimalGrey Catbird

The Sleeping City of Fractethyst is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Sosu with a fair hand, and notable for its compulsory vegetarianism, daily referendums, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 1.391 billion Fractals 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 medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mriya. The average income tax rate is 72.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Fractal economy, worth 217 trillion Coins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 156,704 Coins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Education and welfare spending are on the rise, homes have been banned from having any more than one wheel, elections have become procedural nightmares due to voters persistently rejecting candidates, and nervous homeowners have been blamed for rising death rates amongst carol singers and locksmiths. Crime is well under control. Fractethyst's national animal is the Grey Catbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Fractethyst is ranked 15,996th in the world and 248th in 10000 Islands for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 8,917.82 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,557thMost Influential: 2,754thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,078thMost Secular: 7,644thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,054thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,100thRudest Citizens: 8,232ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,389thMost Inclusive: 10,348thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,489thLargest Retail Industry: 11,703rdHighest Poor Incomes: 12,297thMost Efficient Economies: 12,896thMost Developed: 13,791stTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 14,081stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,183rdHighest Food Quality: 14,303rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,995thMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,950thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,996thSmartest Citizens: 16,303rdNicest Citizens: 17,018thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,202ndMost Advanced Public Education: 17,348thLargest Governments: 18,286thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 18,360thMost Cultured: 18,615thLargest Black Market: 19,035thMost Armed: 19,590thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,972ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25,318thHighest Average Tax Rates: 25,523rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 26,361stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 27,587th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 61st in the regionTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 112th in the regionMost Secular: 115th in the regionLargest Black Market: 125th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 126th in the regionMost Armed: 132nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 135th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 144th in the region

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