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The Holy Empire of Gentea

“Sapere aude”

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

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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Gentea

Population242 million

Currencygentan mark
Animalcardinal bird

The Holy Empire of Gentea is a huge, genial nation, notable for its daily referendums, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, democratic population of 242 million Genteans 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, Welfare, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 48.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Gentean economy, worth 17.6 trillion gentan marks 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 slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Tourism, Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Cheese Exports. 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 72,602 gentan marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The government funds large training centres to turn cardinal birds into functioning members of society, the ban on cars has been repealed, populations of two-headed cardinal birds have been found around recently-uncovered archaeological sites, and innocent defendants often plead guilty for fear of receiving a much harsher sentence before jury. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gentea's national animal is the cardinal bird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Gentea is ranked 57,250th in the world and 2,425th in the South Pacific for Most Income Equality, scoring 43.77 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,353rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,900thTop
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Highest Drug Use: 9,126thMost Influential: 11,259thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,686thMost Inclusive: 15,882nd
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 128th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 197th in the regionTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 455th in the regionMost Inclusive: 545th in the regionMost Secular: 573rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 585th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 596th in the regionNicest Citizens: 664th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Gentea endorsed The Kingdom of Sedunn.
  • : Gentea withdrew its endorsement from The Kingdom of Sedunn.
  • : Gentea endorsed The Kingdom of Sedunn.
  • : Gentea endorsed The Republic of Direwolf1.
  • : Following new legislation in Gentea, innocent defendants often plead guilty for fear of receiving a much harsher sentence before jury.
  • : Gentea was endorsed by The Kingdom of Sedunn.
  • : Following new legislation in Gentea, populations of two-headed cardinal birds have been found around recently-uncovered archaeological sites.
  • : Following new legislation in Gentea, the ban on cars has been repealed.
  • : Following new legislation in Gentea, the government funds large training centres to turn cardinal birds into functioning members of society.
  • : Following new legislation in Gentea, cricket farmers use magnifying glasses to fit every member of their herd with tiny tracking tags.

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