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The Republic of Mantella

“Unity Through Faith”

Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Eurth

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Mantella

Population4.726 billion

CapitalModena
LeaderHigh Chancellor Tito Vero
FaithMantellan Catholicism

CurrencyLinda
Animalmantella

The Republic of Mantella is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by High Chancellor Tito Vero with an even hand, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, aversion to nipples, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.726 billion Mantellans are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Modena. The average income tax rate is 95.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Mantellan economy, worth 645 trillion Lindas a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 136,593 Lindas, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 452,380 per year while the poor average 30,807, a ratio of 14.7 to 1.

Policemen regularly conduct midnight raids on closed donut shops to 'collect evidence', park rangers perform full-body searches on suspected fungus smugglers, the population's jaw muscles put sharks to shame, and citizens are expected to be proficient in at least five languages. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Mantella's national animal is the mantella, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Mantellan Catholicism.

Mantella is ranked 97,370th in the world and 62nd in Eurth for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 192.95 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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5%
Most Devout: 1,872ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,122ndMost Subsidized Industry: 3,357thLowest Crime Rates: 3,387thBest Weather: 3,641stHealthiest Citizens: 4,071stHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,204thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,509thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,996thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,508thMost Developed: 5,574thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,746thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,811thLargest Governments: 6,481stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,912thMost Conservative: 6,937thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,071stMost Advanced Public Education: 7,268thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,530thTop
10%
Most Efficient Economies: 7,938thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,024thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,412thMost Cultured: 9,438thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,894thSmartest Citizens: 12,046thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,466thMost Pacifist: 14,262ndHighest Average Incomes: 15,488th
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Most Conservative: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionTop
10%
Lowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionMost Devout: 7th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 7th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 9th in the regionLargest Governments: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Mantella's influence in Eurth rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Mantella's influence in Eurth rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Mantella was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Mantella, citizens are expected to be proficient in at least five languages.
  • : Following new legislation in Mantella, the population's jaw muscles put sharks to shame.
  • : Following new legislation in Mantella, park rangers perform full-body searches on suspected fungus smugglers.
  • : Following new legislation in Mantella, policemen regularly conduct midnight raids on closed donut shops to 'collect evidence'.
  • : Following new legislation in Mantella, business meetings across the country are interrupted by the sound of squeaking whoopee-cushions.
  • : Mantella's influence in Eurth rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Mantella's influence in Eurth rose from "Zero" to "Nipper".

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