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The Republic of Kuranei

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God.”

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

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the Pacific

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Kuranei

Population26.467 billion

CapitalZhongchen
LeaderLingxieu
FaithEvangelical Christianity

Currencysteel coin
AnimalBarn owl

The Republic of Kuranei is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Lingxieu with an even hand, and renowned for its triple-decker prams, keen interest in outer space, and hatred of cheese. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless, devout population of 26.467 billion Kuraneians 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 relatively small, corrupt government prioritizes Spirituality, although Industry, Law & Order, and Public Transport are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zhongchen. The average income tax rate is 3.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Kuraneian economy, worth a remarkable 3,394 trillion steel coins a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 128,244 steel coins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

There's more hugging than talking in most talk shows, economists have been named Invertebrates of the Year, officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists, and cheap textbooks have replaced coasters at college ragers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Kuranei's national animal is the Barn owl, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Evangelical Christianity.

Kuranei is ranked 110,579th in the world and 4,403rd in the Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring zero on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 475thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 584thMost Efficient Economies: 760thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,120thTop
5%
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,767thMost Devout: 1,962ndLargest Populations: 2,651stHighest Economic Output: 2,843rdBest Weather: 3,241stRudest Citizens: 3,528thLargest Black Market: 3,903rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,087thMost Stationary: 5,194thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,239thMost Armed: 5,739thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,818thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,355thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,591stTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 9,628thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,116thMost Influential: 11,414thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,542ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,959thMost Average: 15,996thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,488th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 13th in the regionLargest Populations: 13th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 26th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 27th in the regionMost Devout: 40th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 46th in the regionMost Stationary: 52nd in the regionTop
5%
Largest Black Market: 68th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 68th in the regionRudest Citizens: 75th in the regionBest Weather: 80th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 119th in the regionMost Armed: 126th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 170th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 176th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 184th in the regionMost Influential: 201st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 239th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 260th in the regionMost Average: 269th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 322nd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 433rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 438th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 448th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 472nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 514th in the regionMost Developed: 588th in the regionNudest: 589th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 668th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Kuranei was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Kuranei, cheap textbooks have replaced coasters at college ragers.
  • : Kuranei was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Following new legislation in Kuranei, officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Kuranei, economists have been named Invertebrates of the Year.
  • : Kuranei was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Following new legislation in Kuranei, there's more hugging than talking in most talk shows.
  • : Following new legislation in Kuranei, high school bands practice by moonlight.
  • : Following new legislation in Kuranei, young soldiers are shocked to discover there are no 'safe spaces' on a battlefield.
  • : Following new legislation in Kuranei, Calvinball players are lost for days as they wander the vast halls of their new academies.

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