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The Democratic Republic of Matioria

“Destiny From Dedication”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Unproven

Location: Osiris

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Matioria

Population11.02 billion

CapitalMyrao
LeaderMaylen
FaithUnitarianism

CurrencyMalo
AnimalStarling

The Democratic Republic of Matioria is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Maylen with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 11.02 billion Matiorians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Myrao. The average income tax rate is 85.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Matiorian economy, worth 665 trillion Maloes a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is 60,396 Maloes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles distance from the National Science Park, prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries, graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation', and every politician claims to be at least 1% Native Matiorian. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Matioria's national animal is the Starling, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Unitarianism.

Matioria is ranked 27,731st in the world and 899th in Osiris for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

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Most Influential: 1,667thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 5,657thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,706thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,168thBest Weather: 6,424thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,151stTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 8,672ndMost Pacifist: 8,868thNicest Citizens: 9,164thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,661stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,480thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,502ndLongest Average Lifespans: 11,826thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,740thSafest: 12,924thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,683rdMost Inclusive: 14,110thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,567thHealthiest Citizens: 16,190th
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Most Influential: 10th in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 297th in the regionBest Weather: 298th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 303rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 321st in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 411th in the regionNicest Citizens: 470th in the regionMost Pacifist: 474th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 485th in the regionLargest Populations: 519th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 540th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 554th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 561st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 631st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 701st in the region

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