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The Republic of Ischaemia

“Alterum partum audi.”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population24.04 billion



The Republic of Ischaemia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, national health service, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 24.04 billion Ischaemians 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 tiny, outspoken government is effectively ruled by the Department of Education, with Social Policy also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense receive no funds. The average income tax rate is 4.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ischaemian economy, worth a remarkable 3,694 trillion pesos a year, is highly specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 153,663 pesos, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Beating enemies to death with a baseball bat is legal if done within nine innings, people who have had childhood imaginary friends are told they can't ever be trusted with guns, ships no longer sail as no one wants to encounter Ischaemian pirates, and the reams of paperwork accompanying any electronic item are a recognised contributor to national deforestation. Crime is totally unknown. Ischaemia's national animal is the cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Ischaemia is ranked 2,388th in the world and 139th in The North Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 97.22 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Publishing Industry: 105thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 856thMost Cultured: 911thMost Pacifist: 1,091stMost Influential: 1,159thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,382ndNicest Citizens: 1,528thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,594thSmartest Citizens: 1,889thTop
Most Developed: 2,388thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,509thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,809thHighest Economic Output: 3,004thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,132ndHealthiest Citizens: 3,690thLargest Populations: 3,929thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,215thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,532ndMost Advanced Public Education: 4,581stLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,911thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,649thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,150thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,469thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,762ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,855thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,017thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 11,333rdHighest Average Incomes: 12,655thMost Stationary: 17,274thMost Inclusive: 19,093rdNudest: 20,485th
Largest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 44th in the regionLargest Populations: 45th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 61st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 70th in the regionMost Pacifist: 71st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 84th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 95th in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 101st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 101st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 110th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 121st in the regionMost Developed: 139th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 222nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 226th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 242nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 253rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 284th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 289th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 334th in the regionMost Stationary: 416th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 418th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 451st in the regionMost Influential: 464th in the regionTop
Nudest: 493rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 525th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 529th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 562nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 595th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 595th in the regionMost Politically Free: 866th in the region

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