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The Constitutional Monarchy of Goldenson

“Answerable to the people, to an extent” King Luke Remington Davis

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Power

Location: California

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Goldenson

Population13.183 billion

CapitalRedding
LeaderKing Luke Remington Davis
FaithOneness Pentecostalism

CurrencyCalifornia dollar
AnimalCalifornia Grizzly

The Constitutional Monarchy of Goldenson is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by King Luke Remington Davis with a fair hand, and renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, smutty television, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 13.183 billion Goldensonians 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, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Redding. The average income tax rate is 57.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Goldensonian economy, worth a remarkable 1,664 trillion California dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 126,237 California dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Rumor has it that King Luke Remington Davis has won three lotteries in a row, flipping a coin to make a decision leads to a referral to Gambling Addiction Services, school kids who pretend to drive imaginary cars get a social worker and a police observer assigned to them, and Goldensonian novella fans become unusually flustered when thinking about King Luke Remington Davis. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Goldenson's national animal is the California Grizzly, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Oneness Pentecostalism.

Goldenson is ranked 155,893rd in the world and 10th in California for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring -3.16 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Best Weather: 1,742ndTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 2,697thHealthiest Citizens: 2,998thSafest: 3,752ndLongest Average Lifespans: 4,561stMost Beautiful Environments: 5,033rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,095thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,022ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,501stMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,600thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,545thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,548thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,647thMost Inclusive: 8,790thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,927thLowest Crime Rates: 9,071stHighest Economic Output: 9,591stMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,695thSmartest Citizens: 11,310thTop
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Nicest Citizens: 12,170thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,491stLargest Publishing Industry: 13,504thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,587thMost Devout: 16,674thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,721stHighest Poor Incomes: 17,463rdLargest Governments: 18,296thLargest Populations: 18,379thHighest Average Incomes: 20,438thMost Developed: 21,369th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Goldenson was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Goldenson was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Goldenson was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Compassionate Citizens.
  • : Goldenson was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Goldenson was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Goldenson, Goldensonian novella fans become unusually flustered when thinking about King Luke Remington Davis.
  • : Following new legislation in Goldenson, school kids who pretend to drive imaginary cars get a social worker and a police observer assigned to them.
  • : Following new legislation in Goldenson, flipping a coin to make a decision leads to a referral to Gambling Addiction Services.
  • : Goldenson was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Goldenson was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.

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