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The Republic of Kiasu-ism

“Kiasi, Kiabor, and most importantly... Kiasu!”

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific



Population31.03 billion

LeaderJoe Everyman

AnimalHomo Kiasu

The Republic of Kiasu-ism is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Joe Everyman with a fair hand, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, anti-smoking policies, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 31.03 billion Kiasu-langs 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 tiny government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 4.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Kiasu-lang economy, worth an astonishing 11,802 trillion Peanuts a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 380,371 Peanuts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Joe Everyman's luxurious new home has been designated as a protected cultural heritage site, drug deals return to the streets as legions of undercover officers stalk the dark web, the nation's generous tax credits have brought all the film studios to the yard, and many friends and relatives of Joe Everyman have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Kiasu-ism's national animal is the Homo Kiasu, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Kiasu-ism is ranked 208,100th in the world and 7,649th in the South Pacific for Most Avoided, scoring 0.12 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Most Developed: 1stHealthiest Citizens: 2ndLongest Average Lifespans: 2ndBest Weather: 8thMost Secular: 26thLeast Corrupt Governments: 27thMost Beautiful Environments: 45thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 49thMost Cheerful Citizens: 62ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 69thSafest: 89thMost Cultured: 184thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 218thMost Inclusive: 221stSmartest Citizens: 250thNicest Citizens: 270thHighest Economic Output: 278thMost Scientifically Advanced: 324thLargest Information Technology Sector: 345thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 348thHighest Disposable Incomes: 365thMost Pacifist: 370thHighest Poor Incomes: 399thMost Stationary: 428thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 463rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 493rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 568thMost Influential: 675thLowest Crime Rates: 695thHighest Average Incomes: 882ndMost Efficient Economies: 1,649thLargest Populations: 1,853rdTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 2,218thLargest Governments: 2,799thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,296thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,394thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,886thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 10,670thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,740thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,679th
Most Developed: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 9th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10th in the regionNicest Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 12th in the regionMost Pacifist: 14th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 15th in the regionLargest Populations: 15th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 19th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 21st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 21st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 23rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 25th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 52nd in the regionMost Influential: 59th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 60th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 69th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 81st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 83rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 155th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 238th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 339th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 441st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 509th in the regionNudest: 510th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 647th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Kiasu-ism, many friends and relatives of Joe Everyman have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations.
  • : Following new legislation in Kiasu-ism, the nation's generous tax credits have brought all the film studios to the yard.
  • : Following new legislation in Kiasu-ism, drug deals return to the streets as legions of undercover officers stalk the dark web.
  • : Following new legislation in Kiasu-ism, Joe Everyman's luxurious new home has been designated as a protected cultural heritage site.
  • : Following new legislation in Kiasu-ism, board shorts have replaced board rooms.
  • : Kiasu-ism endorsed The Hoorah of Qawe.
  • : Kiasu-ism was endorsed by The Hoorah of Qawe.
  • : Following new legislation in Kiasu-ism, KI-SPAN viewership drops as MPs act their age.
  • : Following new legislation in Kiasu-ism, consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed.
  • : Following new legislation in Kiasu-ism, going on a diet invalidates your passport.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 267 » Fudgetopia, Darakin, Bergenu, Soem, Curlyhoward, Chubrubs, Ancient Slobovia, Bear Connors Paradiso, Tsunamy, Theorin, Sanden, Drugged Monkeys, Seliyan progressive Islands, Great Scapula, Pamela And Hepatitis, The United Expanse, Farengeto, Kringalia, Sandaoguo, The Two Jerseys, Belschaft, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Lambdaland, Japanese Federal Republic, FreeFishers, Gymnostan, Pax Dracon, Transtemporal Shifts, The Solar System Scope, GI-Land, Luddinlande, Techganet, Abarri, Erinor, PEPEP, Poopisiya, Auphelia, Moreana, Centristvill, Linguiniland, Si-topia, Jehenna, Aidenfieeld, Nowa Europa, Outer Utonixick Gollinican, Tsvetania, Hanguk-Nippon, Rebel-topia, Aywhyou, Native Inhabitants of Antarctica, and 217 others.Vincent Field, Utondara, The naked people, Escevola, Volaworand, Sedunn, North Kanuckistan, Nankyoku Tairiku, Calistan, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Havenfell, Fighting Kawi Ninja, Saciu, New Briantown, Aguatania, Great Andora, Crystal Creation, Nova Montron, Aumeltopia, Beepee, Isokenzar, Silberne Wache, Barabarom, USNE2018, Yeldarbsland, Xandev, Cuuldere, Kandorith, Direwolf1, Qvait, Whimichy, Drystar, Herbert Island, Land Without Shrimp, The Filippinas, Amutien, Maeiland, Wehraboos, Dasko, The Brand New Salvatagard Republic, Nordafrik Conclaves, Changolandia, New Juan Carlos Land, Unidum, Dereistic, The West Valley Mountains, Los Lonley Boys, PenguinPies, Amerion, Aurcania, Yellunstryer, Zaelith, Jennaterra, Imperial Duck, Omiri, Lesinteil, Mapico, Empa Aserium, Grand Kingdom of Zilean Empire, Noveos, The Tecorogan Federation, Realms of Madness, Astraee, Hesrova, Madreia, Tilipria, Corgitopiaa, Baltenlands, Nueva Alta California, Unielvan Millorvium, Bleakfoot, Marstella, Serendiva, Greater Hyrulang, Gentea, North Delaware, Tioloman, Erfton, Tiransia, Doraya, Novaexus, Fasire, The 3rdGodKing, Steampunk Engineers, Terran Draconia, Bawkie, Iym Winterless, Votri, United Crumburrtha Federation, Besern, Holy Free, Farelonia, Nimphadale, Gliasco, Ebonhand, United Great Holy Empire, West Pastafaria, New Ancapland, InnWorm, Anserisa, Shefino, Turks of The Eastern Calculus, Weryalachiressaraxiatopia, Grubville, Sau Man Frescher, Ralphburg, CzechoSlovakishMoravia, Axis Mundi, Our Lord and Savior Ting, Charloa, Springhollow, Weburya, Nothanksbutseriously, Bhanak, South Caleblan, The Worst army of, PsychoPantachy, The JessTown Islands, ChickenDome, Quh, Kervanosia, Elan Sleazebaganno, Jimburna, Rojgras, Sophiana, Hong Kong Kowloon and New Territories, Turbric Neopiras, Compli, Marinho Islands, East Nagaland, Dis7Nation, RussiaSpetsnaz1, Nova Kobol, Andinla, Escanval, Starsight, Markla, Moonshining, Alaninia, Royaltica, Nouvel-Indre, Roleca, Laamiva, Eden Contour, South Western Korea, LadyRebels, West Fallows, The White Raj, Shanor, New Schoeneberg, North Alezia, Vega Naothia, Hih, Efferalt, Hypturn, Gonrati, Well F, Melukhkha, Indolos, Trepsit, Odesseen, The Drakan Republic, Eddonia, Peskorea, United States of Vietnam, Dossiny, Kaiser nation, Ityme, East Lodge, Xarbraden, Idiono, Myness, Maerist, Nookington, Kedjens, Myndia, Midand, Concrete Slab, NDG, Irrepertus, Alfama, Djalia, Youtow, The Imperial Frost Federation, White Bananistan, The SpaceNeo-Goryeo Etymological Society, Catillos, Distrotika, B H A R A T, Sword of Summer, Bubyland, Namhines, Bohenia, Flaksis, Avia Lavanda, Coadjuthen, Gecetesse, House Ahsanul, Ostko, Jazzfrezia, Imperial Overmesingel, Les Slokovia, Delian Gol, Readymade, Eirun Sol, Terreno Travato, United Beltonia, New Roch, Merevane, Philippinia, Tepertopia, Caide, Hakk Fiss, Brunier, Aritzoska, Eutraya, and Qawe.

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