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The Free Land of Franconesia

“No Pain All Life”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: APSIA

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Franconesia

Population293 million

CurrencyRed Rubber
AnimalPolar Fish

The Free Land of Franconesia is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its ban on automobiles, fear of technology, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 293 million Franconesians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 52.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Franconesian economy, worth 18.6 trillion Red Rubbers a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving, Cheese Exports, and Retail. Average income is 63,419 Red Rubbers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Air Franconesia is rumored to receive more government funding than the Franconesian Air Force, theatre audiences often need a telescope to see the stage, Mr Happy's Funland has just been named Franconesia's new capital, and Franconesian Gladiators is a ratings success. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Franconesia's national animal is the Polar Fish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Franconesia is ranked 158,459th in the world and 64th in APSIA for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring -46.42 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Top
1%
Nudest: 644thTop
5%
Most Primitive: 1,709thTop
10%
Most Pacifist: 12,887thBest Weather: 13,496thSafest: 13,967thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,764thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,304th
Top
5%
Most Primitive: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Franconesia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Primitive.
  • : Following new legislation in Franconesia, Franconesian Gladiators is a ratings success.
  • : Following new legislation in Franconesia, Mr Happy's Funland has just been named Franconesia's new capital.
  • : Following new legislation in Franconesia, theatre audiences often need a telescope to see the stage.
  • : Following new legislation in Franconesia, Air Franconesia is rumored to receive more government funding than the Franconesian Air Force.
  • : Following new legislation in Franconesia, citizens are strongly encouraged to breathe less so as to limit the carbon footprint.
  • : Franconesia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Franconesia, gossip magazines have pictures of Leader sunbathing on the beach with political rivals.
  • : Following new legislation in Franconesia, voter turnout for the election of the Junior Assistant for Non-Digital Media Strategies has been unsurprisingly low.
  • : Following new legislation in Franconesia, children crying over dropped ice creams are offered high doses of experimental antidepressants.

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