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The Direct Democracy of Gal Cradia

“People are people”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: 10000 Islands

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Gal Cradia

Population10.157 billion

CapitalWatama
LeaderThe Unity

Currencyturnip
Animalturtle

The Direct Democracy of Gal Cradia is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Unity with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, sprawling nuclear power plants, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 10.157 billion Gal Cradians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Watama. The average income tax rate is 97.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Gal Cradian economy, worth a remarkable 1,982 trillion turnips a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 195,158 turnips, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Every spring railroad foundations erode to reveal human remains, it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools, viewers get headaches from trying to read the screen full of small print warnings that precede most TV shows, and The Unity is called 'Patches' at international summits. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gal Cradia's national animal is the turtle, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Gal Cradia is ranked 274,571st in the world and 1,399th in 10000 Islands for Highest Crime Rates, with 1.47 crimes per hour.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 879thHealthiest Citizens: 925thBest Weather: 942ndMost Developed: 955thMost Inclusive: 1,061stMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,067thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,074thMost Pacifist: 1,076thHighest Food Quality: 1,152ndNicest Citizens: 1,206thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,240thMost Influential: 1,244thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,397thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,754thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,894thSmartest Citizens: 1,910thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,072ndSafest: 2,097thMost Cultured: 2,283rdLargest Welfare Programs: 2,642ndTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 3,053rdLowest Crime Rates: 3,255thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,363rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,399thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,527thLargest Governments: 3,765thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,779thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,833rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,947thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,126thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,237thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,303rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,713thMost Secular: 6,671stHighest Average Incomes: 8,062ndHighest Economic Output: 9,814thMost Efficient Economies: 11,284thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 18,163rdMost Income Equality: 18,178thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19,757th
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Most Pacifist: 21st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 21st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 21st in the regionBest Weather: 23rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Inclusive: 24th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Developed: 27th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 27th in the regionNicest Citizens: 30th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 30th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 32nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 40th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 41st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 42nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 42nd in the regionSafest: 42nd in the regionMost Cultured: 43rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 47th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 50th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 54th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 58th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 59th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 59th in the regionLargest Governments: 64th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 67th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 69th in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 82nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 82nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 83rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 83rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 87th in the regionMost Secular: 108th in the regionMost Influential: 109th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 115th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 121st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 130th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Gal Cradia, The Unity is called 'Patches' at international summits.
  • : Following new legislation in Gal Cradia, viewers get headaches from trying to read the screen full of small print warnings that precede most TV shows.
  • : Following new legislation in Gal Cradia, it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Gal Cradia, every spring railroad foundations erode to reveal human remains.
  • : Following new legislation in Gal Cradia, landless farmers wander forlornly in the government's many national parks.
  • : Following new legislation in Gal Cradia, the pursuit of wanted criminals ends at the entrance of the pay'n'spray garage as police refuse to enter any private property.
  • : Following new legislation in Gal Cradia, the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters.
  • : Following new legislation in Gal Cradia, traveller camps regularly block five-lane superhighways.
  • : Gal Cradia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "National Economic Freedoms"".
  • : Gal Cradia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Commend Europeia"".

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