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The Kingdom of Keen Trident

“There is Plenty of Sea in the Fish”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Good
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Lazarus

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Keen Trident

Population314 million

CurrencySeaBlades
AnimalSea Fish

The Kingdom of Keen Trident is a huge, cultured nation, notable for its compulsory military service, state-planned economy, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 314 million Keen Tridentians 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 medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 36.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Keen Tridentian economy, worth 19.2 trillion SeaBladeses 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 Gambling, Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, 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 61,138 SeaBladeses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Spoiler warnings are now given out before political speeches, fashion magazine covers finally display realistic body images following photo-manipulation becoming illegal, voting is compulsory, and one tree's worth of paperwork accompanies each imported log of timber. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Keen Trident's national animal is the Sea Fish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Keen Trident is ranked 166,630th in the world and 6,247th in Lazarus for Most Pro-Market, scoring -58.11 on the Rand Index.

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5%
Largest Gambling Industry: 9,080thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,759thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,112thTop
10%
Best Weather: 17,908thMost Influential: 19,891st
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5%
Most Valuable International Artwork: 378th in the regionTop
10%
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 492nd in the regionMost Influential: 509th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 509th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Keen Trident, one tree's worth of paperwork accompanies each imported log of timber.
  • : Following new legislation in Keen Trident, voting is compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Keen Trident, fashion magazine covers finally display realistic body images following photo-manipulation becoming illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Keen Trident, spoiler warnings are now given out before political speeches.
  • : Following new legislation in Keen Trident, film studios own the rights to actors' likenesses until the next millennium.
  • : Following new legislation in Keen Trident, the art of conversation has been rediscovered.
  • : Following new legislation in Keen Trident, citizens are strongly encouraged to breathe less so as to limit the carbon footprint.
  • : Following new legislation in Keen Trident, there have been sightings of people walking around dressed in nothing but leopard-skin g-strings for 'religious reasons'.
  • : Following new legislation in Keen Trident, sharks are enjoying their deliveries of canned food.
  • : Keen Trident resigned from the World Assembly.

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