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The Semi-Inactive Republic of Paul Pasch

“Wake me up before you go-go.”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific


Paul Pasch

Population8.45 billion

LeaderJohn Finch Camden


The Semi-Inactive Republic of Paul Pasch is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by John Finch Camden with a fair hand, and renowned for its prohibition of alcohol, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 8.45 billion Paschans 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 enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Capitali. The average income tax rate is 85.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Paschan economy, worth 848 trillion celenes a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 100,357 celenes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A large-scale revitalization of the education system is underway, citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature', radio shows frequently feature people denouncing religion, and angry citizens complain that there isn't enough geographical diversity on the new banknotes. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Paul Pasch's national animal is the penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Penguinism.

Paul Pasch is ranked 126,222nd in the world and 5,218th in The North Pacific for Most Extreme, scoring 16.65 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 630thBest Weather: 873rdMost Influential: 999thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,464thMost Pacifist: 1,725thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,775thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,969thNicest Citizens: 2,091stTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,469thSafest: 3,252ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,493rdHealthiest Citizens: 3,830thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,897thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,828thMost Inclusive: 6,423rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,141stLargest Welfare Programs: 7,806thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,861stMost Advanced Public Education: 8,022ndMost Cultured: 8,543rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,137thSmartest Citizens: 10,737thMost Devout: 11,454thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,705thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 12,332ndMost Rebellious Youth: 12,582ndLargest Publishing Industry: 14,018thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,104thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,051stMost Developed: 18,680thLargest Governments: 19,177thHighest Economic Output: 22,191stMost Scientifically Advanced: 23,615th
Best Weather: 59th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 95th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 110th in the regionMost Pacifist: 112th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 136th in the regionNicest Citizens: 143rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 151st in the regionSafest: 180th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 182nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 201st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 236th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 295th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 305th in the regionMost Influential: 375th in the regionMost Inclusive: 406th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 411th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 428th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 436th in the regionMost Cultured: 442nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 459th in the regionTop
Most Devout: 473rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 574th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 591st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 591st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 654th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 679th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 692nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 715th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 761st in the regionLargest Populations: 768th in the region

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