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The Commonwealth of Jahass

“Semper Ascendens”

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific



Population826 million



The Commonwealth of Jahass is a huge, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its ban on automobiles, compulsory military service, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 826 million Jahassians 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, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sethanon. The average income tax rate is 46.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Jahassian economy, worth 76.6 trillion Crowns a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 92,699 Crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Towns that stop turning a profit are turned into animal sanctuaries, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have, referenda are held for every conceivable government action, and citizens try to ignore gruesome pictures of decaying teeth printed on their soda cans. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Jahass's national animal is the Gyrfalcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Jahass is ranked 18,324th in the world and 585th in the South Pacific for Longest Average Lifespans, with 76.46 Years.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 401stMost Influential: 1,232ndTop
Highest Drug Use: 8,503rdBest Weather: 14,093rdLargest Publishing Industry: 14,512th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 61st in the regionMost Influential: 104th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 193rd in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 399th in the regionBest Weather: 467th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 518th in the regionMost Developed: 523rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 531st in the regionMost Inclusive: 566th in the region

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