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The Republic of Maple 50


Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The free society of Tic Tacs


Maple 50

Population630 million


The Republic of Maple 50 is a huge, efficient nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, frequent executions, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 630 million Maple 50ians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Administration, although Defense, Healthcare, and Public Transport are also considered important, while International Aid isn't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 24.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Maple 50ian economy, worth 30.3 trillion planets a year, is quite specialized and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports, Arms Manufacturing, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 48,112 planets, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Laws are littered with references to cheese, nudity is frowned upon, the richest citizens live in sheltered private citadels, and foreign policy often involves bullwhips and leather. Crime is moderate, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Maple 50's national animal is the puffin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Maple 50 is ranked 52,371st in the world and 741st in The free society of Tic Tacs for Most Pro-Market, scoring 58.62 on the Rand Index.

Most Primitive: 2,976thLargest Mining Sector: 3,809thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,348thTop
Most Avoided: 16,295th
Largest Mining Sector: 7th in the regionMost Primitive: 16th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 38th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 79th in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 131st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 146th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 163rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 168th in the region

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