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The Republic of Kung Ture

“Each day is another day of torture.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Page

Location: Lazarus

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Kung Ture

Population5.139 billion

CapitalThe Underground

CurrencyGold Mark
AnimalGiant-Squid

The Republic of Kung Ture is a colossal, safe nation, renowned for its pith helmet sales, zero percent divorce rate, and disturbing lack of elderly people. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 5.139 billion Tureans 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, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Underground. The average income tax rate is 68.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Tureanic economy, worth 735 trillion Gold Marks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Trout Farming. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 143,137 Gold Marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

Decongestants have replaced Gold Marks in street transactions, drug deals return to the streets as legions of undercover officers stalk the dark web, they say that Leader's personal computer is full of naked pictures of the Emperor of Maxtopia, and red rinses are frequently applied to grey hair. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Kung Ture's national animal is the Giant-Squid, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Kung Ture is ranked 73,840th in the world and 2,974th in Lazarus for Most Income Equality, scoring 34.03 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,126thBest Weather: 4,306thMost Influential: 5,022ndLargest Black Market: 5,155thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,085thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,915thMost Secular: 7,121stTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,496thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,273rdLargest Mining Sector: 9,356thHealthiest Citizens: 9,682ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,289thMost Corrupt Governments: 12,701stSmartest Citizens: 13,517thHighest Average Incomes: 13,997thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,253rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,791stHighest Poor Incomes: 14,808thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,255th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 98th in the regionMost Influential: 173rd in the regionBest Weather: 221st in the regionLargest Black Market: 323rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 324th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 346th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 379th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 467th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 514th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 551st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 565th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 701st in the region

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