by Max Barry

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The People's Republic of Old Corus

“Strive for True Democracy”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Leftist Assembly

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Old Corus

Population890 million

CapitalChicago

Currencydollar
AnimalHydra

The People's Republic of Old Corus is a huge, socially progressive nation, notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, state-planned economy, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 890 million Midwesterners hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Chicago. The average income tax rate is 75.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Midwestern economy, worth 68.4 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 76,822 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The people are famous throughout the region for their perfect yellow teeth, bizarre-looking creatures called 'Hydradogs' dominate wildlife preserves, signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars, and the consent form for routine blood pressure measurement has been nominated for the 'Novel Of The Year' award. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Old Corus's national animal is the Hydra, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Old Corus is ranked 174,485th in the world and 250th in The Leftist Assembly for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -4.56 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,361stMost Influential: 5,077thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,090thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,761stMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,829thTop
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Most Pacifist: 12,683rdMost Subsidized Industry: 12,767thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,365thNicest Citizens: 13,922ndMost Inclusive: 15,765thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,358thSafest: 18,748thMost Politically Free: 18,771stLongest Average Lifespans: 20,019thMost Secular: 20,741stHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,985thMost Developed: 21,240th
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Most Politically Free: 19th in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 31st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 43rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 50th in the region

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