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The Borderlands of Philania

“If ignorance is bliss, then knock the smile off my face”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population634 million

CapitalPhilania City


The Borderlands of Philania is a huge, cultured nation, notable for its state-planned economy, smutty television, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, democratic population of 634 million Philanians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The large, liberal, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Philania City. The average income tax rate is 64.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Philanian economy, worth 39.7 trillion Krexes 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 significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 62,645 Krexes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Scavengers with burlap sacks and shovels skulk around graveyards, disaster relief budgets are growing like wildfire, Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity, and Super Barry Brothers is the most popular video game in the nation. Crime is totally unknown. Philania's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Philania is ranked 3,520th in the world and 267th in The North Pacific for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 41.99 Bank.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 625thTop
Most Influential: 2,338thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,520thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,113thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,843rdTop
Nicest Citizens: 9,232ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,703rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,777thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 11,254thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,727thMost Inclusive: 12,043rdMost Rebellious Youth: 12,427thMost Income Equality: 12,689thMost Cultured: 14,759thMost Pacifist: 15,337thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 17,599th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 267th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 344th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 385th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 429th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 431st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 440th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 457th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 512th in the regionNicest Citizens: 521st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 556th in the regionMost Inclusive: 678th in the regionMost Influential: 703rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 712th in the regionMost Cultured: 713th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 822nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 836th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 208 » Notyoutopia, Corfad, Pazair, The Rhein States, Pallaith, Territorio di Nessuno, Shibutani, Alunya, Guer Aike, Runeda, Yaorozu, Loutsland, Wodan, Ethnon, McMasterdonia, Great Bights Mum, Dreadton, Eravonia, Castle Federation, Sockmanland, Valhalla123, Koda-Land, Aratani, Zumlandia, Vincone Cae, Miruma, Zyvetskistaahn, Sundred, Ravendi, Dabarastan, Sunto, Dar es Saalam, United Anglo-America, Omnistria, Malta Comino Gozo, Miamington, Newpromisedland, Interdimensional Zone, Kranostav, New Bremerton, Kubrostavsria, Empy, El Fiji Grande, North Bratislava, New Lakemba, Manticore utopia, Daiz, Democratic Peoples Republic of the US, Dicko, Ponantine, and 158 others.Holy Oranz, Terban Kedah, Frances Francis the First of France, Tianqing, Prydania, SORT, Siwale, Chukstik Illahi, Wineclaw, Kanlidia, Dadastan Archipelago, Orado, Diodone, Calamazo, Viridiann, Kelvaros Prime, New Phyrreus, 1 very fast endotarter, Aezus, Selfgradatude, New Pruessen, Black Templares, Palgo, 5 kingdoms of Britannia, Advancia-Sizzletown, 2 and 2 is Fish, Aetulia, Aeurithianar, French Bananastan, Abject Ludicrosity, Aeolist, The Iron Lions, Panama Coalition, U S Eh, Steampunk Ariel, Aenglaland, Minuda, The Tampa Bay Rays, Abiswashyo-bhumi, Alice Gardens, Misthas, Glurponia, Eri-Maqa-Ena, General COE, Amauri, Serendipita Martia, Umuyyad, Pleroma Sans Romans, Unsophisticate, Revolutionary Sealand, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Mazeoftime, Valshire, Seenvorland, Fendlium, Valentine Z, Infinitis, Kwaj, Praeceps, Sil Dorsett, Tervel, Angshire, Volstokn, Heloonia, OuterGalactic Banking Clan, Shadowrik, Cobleck Weleis, Tachycardia, Loli County, Lungha, Lazadonil, Francois Isidore, Jasminlandia, New Flos, Austral States of America, Makersaulache, Norfair, Preble, Partax, Napnomadia, Republic of Amal, Yugobatania, Republic of Turbin, Quentiam Viventem, The Kingdom and Realm of Anubis, Phoronu, Solmetria, Sunaiya, Imperial Joseon, Rhelmwych, Singamadri, Avemterra, Warsaw-Halicz, Gnomewatchers, Ereena, Navigator Islands, Elyssae, Kasazzastan, Antineum, Pinguioris, God Leon, Hamerica, Libertanarchia, Wilkshire, Great and Glorious Martese Unionins, United Kahndaq, PotatoFarmers, Merconitonitopia, JesseltonTM, Valatic Ash, Moubarakistan, Porlock, Mandexia, The Swedish Soviet Republic, Noahs Second Country, Xagill, Universal State Formula, Yokciq Empire, Woodsend, The New Communist Republic Of States, Haminkwarea, The Stratosphere Islands, Wit Noreis, MiaryBhalzhack, The Endless Eventide, New Jamgra, Votak Matim, Joodey, Olofin, The World Capitalist Confederation, Xyrron, Banana Rat, SherpDaWerp in TNP, Clan Spaniel, Ihese, Prevaland, Reyalda, Dorito Dust, Crader, Lybirit, Plangainer, Underium, Xentherida, Orven, Infantivore, Outer Bay, Socialist State of LAY, Bhigham, Nisastria, Antiyard, Novanoke, Zecit, Avastate, The Windmilluminati, Land of the Cross, Greifenburg, Harrys, and Sachi.

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