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The Federal Republic of Kelshine

“From all things, derive understanding.”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the South Pacific



Population3.929 billion

CapitalNew Marithia
LeaderThe Prime Minister

Animalmouse-like hamster

The Federal Republic of Kelshine is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Prime Minister with an even hand, and renowned for its smutty television, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 3.929 billion Kelshineans enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The large, liberal government prioritizes Education, although Administration, Environment, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Marithia. The average income tax rate is 74.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Kelshinean economy, worth 566 trillion florins a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 144,256 florins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Fat-shaming is now public policy, the KBI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays, human tissue is grown in vats as a delicacy as well as for transplants, and the government is deliberately installing bloatware onto computers. 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 4,997th in the world and 155th in the South Pacific for Longest Average Lifespans, with 92.36 Years.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,071stLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,680thBest Weather: 2,096thTop
Most Inclusive: 2,267thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,330thMost Influential: 2,366thMost Pacifist: 2,387thSafest: 2,405thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,543rdMost Beautiful Environments: 2,651stNicest Citizens: 2,681stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,242ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,442ndLargest Publishing Industry: 3,860thMost Developed: 4,023rdHealthiest Citizens: 4,165thSmartest Citizens: 4,322ndMost Secular: 4,497thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,807thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,997thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,649thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,589thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,253rdMost Advanced Public Education: 8,468thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,619thMost Cultured: 8,909thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,484thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,232ndTop
Nudest: 10,688thLowest Crime Rates: 11,298thLargest Governments: 11,379thHighest Average Incomes: 14,835thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,926thMost Cheerful Citizens: 20,554thRudest Citizens: 20,567thHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,792nd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 38th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 60th in the regionSafest: 74th in the regionBest Weather: 75th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 80th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 82nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 85th in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 87th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 92nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 93rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 103rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 118th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 119th in the regionMost Developed: 125th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 131st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 137th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 155th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 166th in the regionMost Secular: 171st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 200th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 220th in the regionMost Cultured: 259th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 263rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 270th in the regionMost Influential: 285th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 292nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 295th in the regionLargest Governments: 308th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 316th in the regionNudest: 332nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 384th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 398th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 430th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 484th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 490th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 637th in the regionLargest Populations: 649th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 653rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 766th in the regionMost Stationary: 778th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Kelshine, the government is deliberately installing bloatware onto computers.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelshine, human tissue is grown in vats as a delicacy as well as for transplants.
  • : Kelshine voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Military Identification Tag Act"".
  • : Kelshine was endorsed by The Rogue Nation of Psychological Care.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelshine, the KBI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelshine, fat-shaming is now public policy.
  • : Kelshine was endorsed by The Mighty Building Material of Concrete Slab.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelshine, criminals always seem to be forewarned of police raids.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelshine, children's bedrooms are often decorated with posters of successful accountants.
  • : Following new legislation in Kelshine, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams.


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