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The Republic of La Patente

“Pride and Industry”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific

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La Patente

Population511 million

CurrencySesterce
Animalkangaroo

The Republic of La Patente is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its frequent executions, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed population of 511 million La Patenteans 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 government prioritizes Education, with Industry, Healthcare, and Administration also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. The average income tax rate is 26.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming La Patentean economy, worth 63.8 trillion Sesterces a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Automobile Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 124,837 Sesterces, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

More and more people are signing up for the government party, welfare funding has recently gone through the roof, motorists must pay to enter inner-cities during peak hours, and there is a heavy social stigma attached to e-cigarettes. Crime is totally unknown. La Patente's national animal is the kangaroo, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

La Patente is ranked 38,003rd in the world and 1,295th in the South Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,993.49 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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5%
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,944thMost Secular: 5,220thMost Influential: 6,169thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7,200thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,308thTop
10%
Most Cheerful Citizens: 8,145thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,933rdMost Rebellious Youth: 10,292ndMost Average: 10,471stSafest: 13,035thMost Pacifist: 13,963rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,243rd
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5%
Most Average: 126th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 168th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 171st in the regionMost Secular: 202nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 258th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 259th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 290th in the regionTop
10%
Largest Information Technology Sector: 467th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 480th in the regionSafest: 494th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 501st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 509th in the regionMost Influential: 539th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 547th in the regionMost Pacifist: 549th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 556th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 560th in the regionMost Developed: 585th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in La Patente, there is a heavy social stigma attached to e-cigarettes.
  • : Following new legislation in La Patente, motorists must pay to enter inner-cities during peak hours.
  • : Following new legislation in La Patente, welfare funding has recently gone through the roof.
  • : Following new legislation in La Patente, more and more people are signing up for the government party.
  • : Following new legislation in La Patente, politicians preface their speeches with a declaration that any resemblance to speeches given by individuals living or dead is purely coincidental.
  • : Following new legislation in La Patente, wounded veterans can only get prosthetics if they agree to become walking billboards for the arms industry.
  • : Following new legislation in La Patente, the realistic depiction of tentacles is on the core syllabus of most art schools.
  • : Following new legislation in La Patente, a historic rise in the minimum wage has crushed the economy with inflation.
  • : La Patente was endorsed by The Constitutional Monarchy of Gecetesse.
  • : La Patente was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.

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