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The Holy Republic of North Bratislava

“On, Bison!” Old Saxophone Joe

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The North Pacific


North Bratislava

Population9.124 billion

LeaderOld Saxophone Joe
FaithBratislavan Orthodoxy


The Holy Republic of North Bratislava is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Old Saxophone Joe with a fair hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 9.124 billion North Bratislavans love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dinkytown. The average income tax rate is 97.9%.

The frighteningly efficient North Bratislavan economy, worth a remarkable 1,753 trillion pounds a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 192,238 pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship, foreign 'investors' have been taking a great interest in the new secret shuttle, North Bratislavans refer to transgender people with insults instead of pronouns, and the acceptance of acupuncture and other alternative therapies has needled the scientific community. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. North Bratislava's national animal is the bison, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Bratislavan Orthodoxy.

North Bratislava is ranked 17,578th in the world and 174th in The North Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 86.86 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 37thMost Influential: 172ndMost Devout: 653rdMost Beautiful Environments: 992ndBest Weather: 1,012thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,091stMost Cultured: 1,126thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,177thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,223rdMost Pacifist: 1,285thSafest: 1,402ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,561stMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,832ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,884thNicest Citizens: 2,010thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,185thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,304thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 2,473rdLargest Welfare Programs: 2,534thMost Developed: 2,563rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,566thHealthiest Citizens: 2,600thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,714thLargest Governments: 3,112thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,119thSmartest Citizens: 3,247thMost Inclusive: 4,445thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,519thLowest Crime Rates: 4,639thMost Efficient Economies: 6,362ndHighest Average Incomes: 7,457thHighest Economic Output: 9,624thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,273rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,286thMost Stationary: 10,990thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 15,420thMost Income Equality: 16,103rdMost Politically Free: 17,578th
Most Devout: 33rd in the regionMost Influential: 35th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 35th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 50th in the regionMost Cultured: 53rd in the regionBest Weather: 65th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 67th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 69th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 72nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 76th in the regionMost Pacifist: 86th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 89th in the regionSafest: 89th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 107th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 122nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 126th in the regionNicest Citizens: 134th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 137th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 145th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 157th in the regionMost Developed: 161st in the regionLargest Governments: 163rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 164th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 168th in the regionMost Politically Free: 174th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 178th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 214th in the regionMost Stationary: 244th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 248th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 250th in the regionMost Inclusive: 290th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 308th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 347th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 350th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 549th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 586th in the regionLargest Populations: 678th in the regionRudest Citizens: 718th in the regionMost Income Equality: 748th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 809th in the region

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