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The Republic of Itanland

“Work to live, not live to work” Ruben

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population11.376 billion



The Republic of Itanland is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Ruben with an even hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, smutty television, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, humorless population of 11.376 billion Itanlandians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Itandon. The average income tax rate is 4.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Itanlandian economy, worth a remarkable 2,963 trillion Itans a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 260,542 Itans, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Multiple births are a cause of celebration for tax collectors, agreeing to appear on TV is often the best way to access social care, criminals rejoice in the streets as the entire police force is sent away on a training retreat, and airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory. Crime is totally unknown. Itanland's national animal is the Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Itanland is ranked 12,921st in the world and 703rd in The North Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 6,099.76 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Inclusive: 383rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 409thLargest Retail Industry: 452ndMost Secular: 477thBest Weather: 764thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 807thMost Pacifist: 816thMost Beautiful Environments: 924thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,063rdMost Influential: 1,106thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,175thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,195thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,532ndHighest Poor Incomes: 1,882ndTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,088thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,197thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,287thMost Cultured: 2,416thHighest Average Incomes: 3,031stSmartest Citizens: 3,227thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,268thMost Efficient Economies: 3,734thHealthiest Citizens: 4,016thHighest Economic Output: 4,214thMost Developed: 4,322ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,101stLowest Crime Rates: 5,451stLargest Governments: 5,607thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,021stMost Corrupt Governments: 7,381stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,050thNicest Citizens: 8,056thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,792ndRudest Citizens: 9,328thLargest Black Market: 9,433rdTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 12,921stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,144thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,719thNudest: 20,502nd
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12th in the regionMost Secular: 21st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 25th in the regionMost Inclusive: 27th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 37th in the regionMost Pacifist: 47th in the regionBest Weather: 49th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 54th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 57th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 58th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 70th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 85th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 95th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 117th in the regionMost Cultured: 117th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 123rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 146th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 169th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 180th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 219th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 226th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 240th in the regionMost Developed: 253rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 261st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 273rd in the regionLargest Governments: 291st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 300th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 339th in the regionLargest Black Market: 358th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 393rd in the regionLargest Populations: 399th in the regionRudest Citizens: 425th in the regionMost Influential: 432nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 436th in the regionNicest Citizens: 439th in the regionNudest: 494th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 520th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 526th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 589th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 703rd in the regionMost Stationary: 835th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Itanland, airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory.
  • : Following new legislation in Itanland, criminals rejoice in the streets as the entire police force is sent away on a training retreat.
  • : Following new legislation in Itanland, agreeing to appear on TV is often the best way to access social care.
  • : Itanland voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Access to Abortion".
  • : Following new legislation in Itanland, multiple births are a cause of celebration for tax collectors.
  • : Following new legislation in Itanland, census workers struggle to account for the rapidly increasing number of citizens to tabulate.
  • : Following new legislation in Itanland, a rolling news ticker tape of disclaimers runs across the bottom of the screen on all TV shows.
  • : Following new legislation in Itanland, traumatised refugees have a full bedpan shoved into their hands along with their immigration papers.
  • : Following new legislation in Itanland, one does not simply walk into the tundra.
  • : Following new legislation in Itanland, the government officially wants you to slow down and speak more clearly.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 210 » Diodone, Siwale, El Fiji Grande, The Rhein States, Omnistria, Territorio di Nessuno, Ethnon, Yaorozu, Malta Comino Gozo, PlanetPunk, Sundred, Kwaj, Corfad, Great Bights Mum, North Bratislava, Bearical, Dar es Saalam, Dreadton, Napnomadia, Kasazzastan, Notyoutopia, Shibutani, Frances Francis the First of France, Newpromisedland, Koda-Land, Ninjak30, Xentherida, New Pruessen, Unsophisticate, Sunto, Wilkshire, Zumlandia, Cloydicia, Empy, Selfgradatude, Holy Oranz, Shadowrik, Sil Dorsett, Pallaith, Yukti, Warsaw-Halicz, Maott, United Draconia, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Vincone Cae, The Windmilluminati, Wineclaw, Pasargad, Buckerino, Guer Aike, and 160 others.Asgardira, Universal State Formula, Moubarakistan, Orado, New Trisone, Tarr-Nation, Atain, The Sinclarian Provinces, The Iron Lions, Joodey, Niradans, Votak Matim, Egalico, Solmetria, Steampunk Ariel, Plangainer, Haor Chall, Trillius, Unimaginable Doom, Astronomical, Sea Ghost, The Discipled, Valhalla123, Nakayo, 1 very fast endotarter, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Acrabinnia, Noahs Second Country, Former English Colony, Loutsland, Glurponia, Kobagia, Runeda, Daiz, The Tampa Bay Rays, Zeternia, Wisconsota, New Octicarg, McMasterdonia, The Stratosphere Islands, Abject Ludicrosity, Gnomewatchers, PotatoFarmers, Clan Spaniel, United Kahndaq, Kranostav, Pazair, Seenvorland, Viridiann, Dabarastan, Lendara, Kingdom Of Manaf, Zyvetskistaahn, Ravendi, Interdimensional Zone, Castle Federation, Palgo, Praeceps, Valentine Z, Fendlium, Volstokn, Cobleck Weleis, Tachycardia, Lungha, Avemterra, Loli County, Hamerica, Merconitonitopia, Valatic Ash, Xagill, Woodsend, The New Communist Republic Of States, Wit Noreis, MiaryBhalzhack, The Endless Eventide, SherpDaWerp in TNP, Ihese, The Lancerian Empire, Crader, The World Capitalist Confederation, Yokciq Empire, SORT, Nisastria, Antiyard, Nistriabar, Varola, New Lakemba, Supreme Leader Hadrian, Unshleepd, Irishvan, Ereena, Hyphen, Serendipita Martia, The Pantheons, Korovan Isles, Fizban, Westinor, The Serdey Islands, Fauzjhia, Mesopotama, Greater Pittsburgh, Avastate, Fayyayid, The Ricebenders, Frostcell, PortvgaI, Sikol, Saperisole, Cowbridge, Hoglands, Iztocna Slavija, Zzozona, Plutayah, Prydania, I Like Killing people, Methor, Shinjuku tokyo 0, Asoc lon, Libertania Democratica, Kocherian, The Calabash Protectorate, Yalgora, Seanat, Pizza Squared, Arbor Marshes, Brucklania, Principia Mathematica, Arichia, The United States of Nuclear Weapons, Schnuftelland, Montinario, Hopsin, Maclare, Solskjar, Palisede, Highton Islands, Borsukia, Damsmel, New Jamgra, Innocentic, The New Cordian Empire, Xyrron, Madjack, Energi Empire, Eschatosia, Ihsan, Kragsgale, Xipher, Lionia, Simone Republic, Erubetia, Astal Aavors, Amerian States, Illusia and Neverendia, Free Nation of Hong Kong, Buckhem, Andexia, Ultra777, U S Eh, and Heilhum Imperius.

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