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The Egalitarian Union of Novaray

“Progress Through Compassion!”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
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World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population3.197 billion

CapitalUnion Central
LeaderLord Councillor Zera


The Egalitarian Union of Novaray is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Lord Councillor Zera with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 3.197 billion Novarayians 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, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Union Central. The average income tax rate is 96.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Novarayian economy, worth 646 trillion Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an amazing 202,260 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point, cosmopolitan citizens ask what their countries can do for them, nuclear physics is the most popular course at university, and the government has started a campaign to crack down on road rage and encourage alternate means of commuting. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Novaray's national animal is the Hawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Novaray is ranked 46,254th in the world and 2,442nd in The North Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 3,008.37 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 716thLeast Corrupt Governments: 773rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 955thMost Inclusive: 960thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,094thNicest Citizens: 1,170thMost Influential: 1,395thSafest: 1,456thTop
Most Developed: 1,841stLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,860thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,965thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,199thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,208thMost Cultured: 2,408thMost Pacifist: 2,606thSmartest Citizens: 2,778thLowest Crime Rates: 2,990thLargest Governments: 3,410thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,583rdMost Advanced Public Education: 3,595thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,655thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,798thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,885thMost Secular: 4,471stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,833rdMost Subsidized Industry: 4,848thHealthiest Citizens: 4,944thHighest Average Incomes: 5,460thLargest Retail Industry: 6,177thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,320thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,090thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,976thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,223rdLargest Publishing Industry: 9,254thMost Efficient Economies: 9,488thMost Politically Free: 13,178th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 30th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 44th in the regionMost Inclusive: 64th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 68th in the regionNicest Citizens: 72nd in the regionTop
Safest: 83rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 94th in the regionMost Developed: 98th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 99th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 102nd in the regionMost Cultured: 112th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 124th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 144th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 144th in the regionMost Pacifist: 148th in the regionLargest Governments: 149th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 161st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 171st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 210th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 221st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 222nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 224th in the regionMost Secular: 227th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 228th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 258th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 273rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 305th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 334th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 341st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 363rd in the regionTop
Most Politically Free: 419th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 433rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 462nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 481st in the regionMost Influential: 558th in the regionNudest: 565th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 654th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 693rd in the regionMost Stationary: 714th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 724th in the regionRudest Citizens: 791st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Novaray, the government has started a campaign to crack down on road rage and encourage alternate means of commuting.
  • : Novaray endorsed The Republic of Miruma.
  • : Novaray was endorsed by The Republic of Miruma.
  • : Following new legislation in Novaray, nuclear physics is the most popular course at university.
  • : Following new legislation in Novaray, cosmopolitan citizens ask what their countries can do for them.
  • : Following new legislation in Novaray, court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point.
  • : Following new legislation in Novaray, sullen teenagers in bright orange 'community payback' onesies can be seen picking litter at the roadside.
  • : Following new legislation in Novaray, tech-mad citizens think that the laser-powered bread-slicer uPhone App is the coolest thing since sliced bread.
  • : Following new legislation in Novaray, dozens of additional foreign policy specialists have been sent to the country's WA Mission.
  • : Following new legislation in Novaray, the combined alert sound of a nation simultaneously receiving a text message is a common cause of hearing damage.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 154 » Siwale, Corfad, Shin-Hachioji, The Rhein States, Territorio di Nessuno, Shadowrik, Malta Comino Gozo, Great Bights Mum, Wilkshire, Sunto, Dar es Saalam, Kwaj, Notyoutopia, Koda-Land, Shibutani, Yaorozu, PlanetPunk, Spartoptia, Sundred, Selfgradatude, Universal State Formula, Holy Oranz, Frances Francis the First of France, Sinelona, New Bremerton, Pallaith, Wineclaw, Vincone Cae, North Bratislava, United Draconia, Kasazzastan, Former English Colony, Sil Dorsett, Votak Matim, Niradans, The Iron Lions, Ethnon, Cloydicia, Highton Islands, Diodone, Napnomadia, New Pruessen, El Fiji Grande, Sheldanada, Bearical, Omnistria, Newpromisedland, Unsophisticate, The Windmilluminati, Hong Kong Empire, and 104 others.Amauri, Black Templares, Empy, Lunallian, Dreadton, Outer Egorniand, Ninjak30, Xentherida, Federation Terra Australis, The Pantheons, Yukti, Maott, General COE, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Pasargad, Buckerino, Joodey, Alunya, Moubarakistan, Ainsworth, Steraz, Yummy Blubber, Ozstan, Atain, The Sinclarian Provinces, Q w e r t y, Egalico, Solmetria, Acrabinnia, Torakuen, Guslantis, Ibiscaton, Guer Aike, Saturns Edge, Jasminlandia, Zemnaya Svoboda, Steampunk Ariel, Misuvelia, Plangainer, Trillius, Kulgatha, Unimaginable Doom, Ejhsa, Pleroma Sans Romans, Victoriaans Nederlands, Lomjia, Haor Chall, 1 very fast endotarter, Ikea Rike, Free Azzaca, Aratani, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Noahs Second Country, Sea Ghost, Test for a new hope, Valhalla123, Elder Realms, GRANDE IMPERIO ORIENTAL PAGAO EUDUARDO, Constantinolia, Makersaulache, Kobagia, Loutsland, Xzavia-Hjar, Glurponia, Zumlandia, Orado, Great Javadwipa, Penrith, Runeda, Utopicican, Daiz, Sockmanland, Seenvorland, Concordare, Cuyan, The Tampa Bay Rays, New Flos, New Octicarg, Duerrlewang, Grimandia, Quebekistand, McMasterdonia, Frie Annium, Orven, The Stratosphere Islands, Great Robertia, Ponantine, Racoda, Nakayo, Wisconsota, The Nation that will win Soops for 9003, Gnomewatchers, Potestasia, Kaschovia, Fizban, Eteles, Altamonte, Darcania, Prevaland, Avenged Sevenfoldia, Gorundu, Nothru Lerple, Angshire, and Miruma.

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