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The Fourth Dimensional Manifold of Kung Ture

“They can't attack us if we attack them first!” Arkus Corztuan

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Enadia

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Kung Ture

Population7.179 billion

CapitalThe Underground
LeaderArkus Corztuan

CurrencyGold Mark
AnimalGoran Spider

The Fourth Dimensional Manifold of Kung Ture is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Arkus Corztuan with an even hand, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, restrictive gun laws, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, humorless population of 7.179 billion Tureans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Underground. The average income tax rate is 90.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Tureanic economy, worth a remarkable 1,013 trillion Gold Marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. Average income is an impressive 141,132 Gold Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Brave curators do battle with disorganised government libraries, kids are told they can be whoever they want to be when they grow up, Arkus Corztuan's family members carry literal get-out-of-jail-free cards, and the fishing lobby has stemmed the tide of environmental regulations. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Kung Ture's national animal is the Goran Spider, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Kung Ture is ranked 212,724th in the world and 282nd in Enadia for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -232.36 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,150thTop
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Best Weather: 2,412thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,566thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,792ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,809thMost Developed: 5,039thHealthiest Citizens: 5,624thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,628thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,640thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,426thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,537thSmartest Citizens: 7,167thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,230thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,930thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,571stMost Secular: 8,629thMost Inclusive: 8,652ndLargest Governments: 9,213thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,385thTop
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Most Pacifist: 11,541stLargest Welfare Programs: 12,280thLowest Crime Rates: 12,972ndHighest Average Incomes: 15,626thMost Efficient Economies: 15,901stMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,270thMost Influential: 16,457thMost Compassionate Citizens: 16,573rdHighest Economic Output: 16,833rd
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Best Weather: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 14th in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 15th in the regionMost Developed: 16th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Secular: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 18th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 18th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 19th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 21st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 24th in the regionLargest Governments: 24th in the regionLargest Populations: 24th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 25th in the regionMost Inclusive: 26th in the regionNudest: 28th in the regionMost Pacifist: 28th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Kung Ture, the fishing lobby has stemmed the tide of environmental regulations.
  • : Following new legislation in Kung Ture, Arkus Corztuan's family members carry literal get-out-of-jail-free cards.
  • : Following new legislation in Kung Ture, kids are told they can be whoever they want to be when they grow up.
  • : Following new legislation in Kung Ture, brave curators do battle with disorganised government libraries.
  • : Following new legislation in Kung Ture, political satirists and late night comedians weep as the government begins cleaning up its act.
  • : Following new legislation in Kung Ture, scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Kung Ture, high school bands practice by moonlight.
  • : Following new legislation in Kung Ture, ghost regiments exist only on paper.
  • : Following new legislation in Kung Ture, with increasingly clear skies nobody seems to mind the electricity bill going through the roof.
  • : Following new legislation in Kung Ture, the countryside is shrouded by wind farms.

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