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The Federal Republic of Kelshine

“From all things, derive understanding.”

Category: Left-Leaning College State
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Kelshine

Population2.389 billion

CapitalNew Marithia
LeaderThe President

Currencyflorin
Animalmouse-like hamster

The Federal Republic of Kelshine is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by The President with an even hand, and notable for its absence of drug laws, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.389 billion Kelshineans enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The large, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Marithia. The average income tax rate is 79.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Kelshinean economy, worth 306 trillion florins a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 128,375 florins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Inter-species marriages are ignored by the government, the government awards prizes to television shows featuring stereotype-breaking minority roles, farmers have taken to hunting billionaires who encroach on their land, and politicians tend to jump ship to whichever party is currently leading in the polls. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kelshine's national animal is the mouse-like hamster, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Kelshine is ranked 7,282nd in the world and 192nd in the South Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 13,114.74 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,997thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,773rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,907thSafest: 3,205thMost Inclusive: 3,560thBest Weather: 3,732ndMost Beautiful Environments: 4,172ndMost Influential: 4,291stMost Pacifist: 4,612thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,852ndMost Developed: 5,022ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,075thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,238thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,299thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,421stNicest Citizens: 5,780thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,796thMost Secular: 6,044thHighest Drug Use: 6,553rdSmartest Citizens: 6,856thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,914thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,282ndMost Advanced Public Education: 7,486thNudest: 8,190thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,246thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 8,493rdLargest Welfare Programs: 9,077thRudest Citizens: 9,421stHighest Poor Incomes: 10,989thLargest Governments: 11,754thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,080thMost Cultured: 14,584thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,670thLargest Agricultural Sector: 16,750th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 60th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 67th in the regionTop
5%
Safest: 99th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 109th in the regionBest Weather: 113th in the regionMost Inclusive: 121st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 122nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 126th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 137th in the regionMost Developed: 149th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 152nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 161st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 164th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 173rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 182nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 183rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 191st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 192nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 198th in the regionNicest Citizens: 206th in the regionNudest: 208th in the regionMost Secular: 224th in the regionRudest Citizens: 224th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 241st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 246th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 251st in the regionLargest Governments: 302nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 323rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 328th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 402nd in the regionMost Cultured: 412th in the regionMost Influential: 441st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 472nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 474th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 498th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 508th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 585th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 603rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 644th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 667th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Kelshine was endorsed by The People's Republic of Malonereich.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelshine, politicians tend to jump ship to whichever party is currently leading in the polls.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelshine, farmers have taken to hunting billionaires who encroach on their land.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelshine, the government awards prizes to television shows featuring stereotype-breaking minority roles.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelshine, inter-species marriages are ignored by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelshine, arbitrary election rules are considered sacrosanct.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelshine, prison visits increase substantially during election years.
  • : Kelshine was endorsed by The WA Republic of Qawe.
  • : Kelshine was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelshine, human tissue is grown in vats as a delicacy as well as for transplants.

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