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The Republic of Middearth

“We will not walk backward in life.” Wendy Wind

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Balder

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Middearth

Population4.019 billion

CapitalRiverdell
LeaderWendy Wind

CurrencyMea
AnimalHawk

The Republic of Middearth is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Wendy Wind with an iron fist, and notable for its digital currency, compulsory vegetarianism, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 4.019 billion Middearthians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Riverdell. The average income tax rate is 91.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Middearthian economy, worth 562 trillion Meas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Cheese Exports. Average income is an impressive 140,023 Meas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Political talk shows often have children as guests whenever they need commentary on world religions, cotton candy made from genuine cotton cellulose doesn't quite satisfy, disability advocates are not amused that they are told to be dependent on Middearthians's kindness, and board shorts have replaced board rooms. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Middearth's national animal is the Hawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Middearth is ranked 175,438th in the world and 6,919th in Balder for Most Average, scoring 23.37 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Top
5%
Most Valuable International Artwork: 3,245thLowest Crime Rates: 5,148thHealthiest Citizens: 5,835thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,057thMost Developed: 6,438thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,991stMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,139thBest Weather: 7,375thLargest Governments: 8,322ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,397thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,689thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,892ndMost Beautiful Environments: 10,247thMost Authoritarian: 10,271stTop
10%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,366thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,496thMost Inclusive: 10,505thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,932ndHighest Poor Incomes: 11,408thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,476thSmartest Citizens: 11,758thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,864thMost Secular: 12,349thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,173rdHighest Average Incomes: 15,920thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,941stMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,370thMost Efficient Economies: 16,540thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 18,453rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20,287th
Top
1%
Most Valuable International Artwork: 74th in the regionTop
5%
Lowest Crime Rates: 260th in the regionMost Developed: 287th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 288th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 293rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 327th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 341st in the regionTop
10%
Best Weather: 383rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 392nd in the regionLargest Governments: 417th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 434th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 481st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 520th in the regionMost Inclusive: 522nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 557th in the regionMost Secular: 577th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 589th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 593rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 598th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 620th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 626th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 635th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 656th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 693rd in the regionMost Extreme: 700th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 702nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Middearth was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Following new legislation in Middearth, board shorts have replaced board rooms.
  • : Following new legislation in Middearth, disability advocates are not amused that they are told to be dependent on Middearthians's kindness.
  • : Following new legislation in Middearth, cotton candy made from genuine cotton cellulose doesn't quite satisfy.
  • : Following new legislation in Middearth, political talk shows often have children as guests whenever they need commentary on world religions.
  • : Following new legislation in Middearth, the government spends more on chasing distant comets than on basic infrastructure.
  • : Middearth was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Authoritarian.
  • : Middearth was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Middearth was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Middearth was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments and the Top 10% for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.

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