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The Democratic Technocracy of Pearl River Republic

“Strength Through Freedom”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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Pearl River Republic

Population546 million

CapitalGlass

CurrencyHong Kong Dollar
AnimalPainted Dog

The Democratic Technocracy of Pearl River Republic is a huge, socially progressive nation, notable for its state-planned economy, infamous sell-swords, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 546 million Pearl River Republicians 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 government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Glass. The average income tax rate is 77.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Pearl River Republician economy, worth 45.9 trillion Hong Kong 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 led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 84,039 Hong Kong Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Road signs are getting harder to read under layers of knitted woolen cardigans, a new "thought police" branch is being developed, piracy is the nation's most popular pastime, and children are brainwashed at a young age to accept "love and peace!" as a way of life. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pearl River Republic's national animal is the Painted Dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Pearl River Republic is ranked 87,523rd in the world and 3,445th in the South Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 493.38 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,798thMost Influential: 5,292ndMost Pacifist: 5,364thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,872ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,881stNicest Citizens: 6,059thSafest: 6,985thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,018thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,268thMost Inclusive: 7,877thTop
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Best Weather: 9,808thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,830thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,242ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,793rdMost Income Equality: 12,937thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,047thHealthiest Citizens: 13,306thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,174thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,446thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,521stMost Beautiful Environments: 14,537thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,673rdLowest Crime Rates: 16,481st
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 179th in the regionMost Pacifist: 191st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 200th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 209th in the regionNicest Citizens: 212th in the regionSafest: 231st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 251st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 260th in the regionMost Inclusive: 281st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 299th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 315th in the regionBest Weather: 315th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 382nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 404th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 418th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 421st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 423rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 442nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 446th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 447th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 479th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 490th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 496th in the regionMost Influential: 501st in the regionMost Income Equality: 519th in the regionLargest Governments: 531st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 535th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 550th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 614th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 637th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pearl River Republic, children are brainwashed at a young age to accept "love and peace!" as a way of life.
  • : Following new legislation in Pearl River Republic, piracy is the nation's most popular pastime.
  • : Following new legislation in Pearl River Republic, a new "thought police" branch is being developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Pearl River Republic, road signs are getting harder to read under layers of knitted woolen cardigans.
  • : Following new legislation in Pearl River Republic, women who walk into the ladies' changing room are accused of being Peeping Toms.
  • : Following new legislation in Pearl River Republic, "It was only a joke" is no longer a defense for the felony of discrimination.
  • : Following new legislation in Pearl River Republic, sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls.
  • : Following new legislation in Pearl River Republic, Pearl River Republician Standard Vodka is the only drink that bars stock.
  • : Pearl River Republic was endorsed by The WA Republic of Qawe.
  • : Following new legislation in Pearl River Republic, popular cartoon characters frequently appear in government-sponsored PSAs reminding students to say no to drugs.

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