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The Wild Western Republic of Nexus Sierra

“I have two for each of ya.” Sheriff Leigh Buckhannan

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Confederacy of Layem


Nexus Sierra

Population3.309 billion

CapitalElkwood Gulch
LeaderSheriff Leigh Buckhannan

CurrencyMorgan dollar

The Wild Western Republic of Nexus Sierra is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Sheriff Leigh Buckhannan with an even hand, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, daily referendums, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, devout population of 3.309 billion Nexus Frontiersmens are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Elkwood Gulch. The average income tax rate is 78.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Nexus Sierran economy, worth 440 trillion Morgan dollars a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 133,223 Morgan dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A cyber-war between file sharers and the music industry formats hard drives across the country, explicit slash fiction is repackaged for kindergarten kids as stories about friends cuddling friends, ritual mummification is making a comeback, and every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Nexus Sierra's national animal is the Mustangs, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Nexus Sierra is ranked 16,343rd in the world and 16th in Confederacy of Layem for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 1,353.78 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Largest Publishing Industry: 5,844thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,876thNicest Citizens: 7,891stMost Devout: 9,153rdLowest Crime Rates: 9,215thMost Inclusive: 9,726thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,506thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,927thMost Developed: 11,349thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 11,751stLongest Average Lifespans: 11,790thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,705thMost Efficient Economies: 14,058thSafest: 14,363rdSmartest Citizens: 14,558thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,308thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,563rdLargest Governments: 15,630thMost Cultured: 16,201stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,343rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,015thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,109thBest Weather: 17,375thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,125thHighest Average Incomes: 18,638thLargest Welfare Programs: 19,595thMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,420thMost Beautiful Environments: 20,594thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,406thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21,702nd
Largest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Stationary: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 7th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionSafest: 12th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Inclusive: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 15th in the region

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