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The Democratic Republic of Neo Saratoga

“Strength Through Freedom”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Neo Saratoga

Population1.609 billion

CapitalWesterwater
LeaderLord Marsipulami

CurrencyFree Guilder
AnimalPhoenix

The Democratic Republic of Neo Saratoga is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Lord Marsipulami with a fair hand, and renowned for its compulsory vegetarianism, free-roaming dinosaurs, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.609 billion Neo Saratogans 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 large, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Law & Order, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Westerwater. The average income tax rate is 66.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Neo Saratogan economy, worth 169 trillion Free Guilders a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 105,050 Free Guilders, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

Families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain, vast amounts of energy are expended moving water to hilltop lakes, lobbyists are trying to convince government to recategorize most natural disasters as "non-critical naturogenic inconveniences", and grannies get pulled over for knitting pullovers while driving. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Neo Saratoga's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Neo Saratoga is ranked 17,866th in the world and 373rd in the Rejected Realms for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 262.65 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,829thSafest: 2,601stMost Pacifist: 4,537thBest Weather: 5,496thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,327thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,369thMost Influential: 6,408thNicest Citizens: 6,970thMost Secular: 7,967thMost Developed: 8,397thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 8,647thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,693rdMost Inclusive: 9,563rdLargest Publishing Industry: 10,310thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,381stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,404thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,711thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,306thLowest Crime Rates: 13,068thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,427thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,590thSmartest Citizens: 14,329thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,428th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 43rd in the regionTop
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Safest: 54th in the regionMost Pacifist: 97th in the regionMost Influential: 117th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 135th in the regionBest Weather: 138th in the regionNicest Citizens: 151st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 157th in the regionMost Secular: 198th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 201st in the regionMost Developed: 201st in the regionMost Inclusive: 205th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 206th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 209th in the regionTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 252nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 256th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 265th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 289th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 292nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 296th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 309th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 316th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 339th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 369th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 373rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 400th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 412th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 420th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 483rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Neo Saratoga, grannies get pulled over for knitting pullovers while driving.
  • : Following new legislation in Neo Saratoga, lobbyists are trying to convince government to recategorize most natural disasters as "non-critical naturogenic inconveniences".
  • : Following new legislation in Neo Saratoga, vast amounts of energy are expended moving water to hilltop lakes.
  • : Following new legislation in Neo Saratoga, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain.
  • : Following new legislation in Neo Saratoga, baiting is a national sport.
  • : Neo Saratoga was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Neo Saratoga, Lord Marsipulami can often be seen hanging around playgrounds chatting with the kids.
  • : Following new legislation in Neo Saratoga, grocery stores can be audibly identified by the giggling emerging from them.
  • : Following new legislation in Neo Saratoga, children crying over dropped ice creams are offered high doses of experimental antidepressants.
  • : Following new legislation in Neo Saratoga, flu research is commonly shut down for fear of creating a superbug.

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