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The United Mangrove Archipelago of Ransium

Ransium was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 236

“Semper Virens”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Contender

Location: Forest


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Population29.433 billion

CapitalMangrove City

AnimalTiger Shark

The United Mangrove Archipelago of Ransium is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Scipio with a fair hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, hatred of cheese, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 29.433 billion Ransites 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 medium-sized government is primarily concerned with Environment, although Healthcare, Social Policy, and Industry are also considered important, while Defense and Administration are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mangrove City. The average income tax rate is 96.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Ransiumian economy, worth a remarkable 5,689 trillion Cloyns a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 193,306 Cloyns, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 634,970 per year while the poor average 44,132, a ratio of 14.4 to 1.

The art of conversation has been rediscovered, foreign nations often blame poverty and terrorism on Ransiumian selfishness, grinding bureaucracy has the international wheels of justice turning slowly, and a milk bath costs more than bathing in money. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Ransium's national animal is the Tiger Shark, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Mangrovism.

Ransium is ranked 2,078th in the world and 1st in Forest for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with 94 Valid Endorsements.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4thBest Weather: 15thMost Beautiful Environments: 43rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 55thMost Influential: 121stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 192ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 197thHealthiest Citizens: 226thMost Ignorant Citizens: 235thLongest Average Lifespans: 254thHighest Crime Rates: 264thMost Rebellious Youth: 358thMost Stationary: 371stLargest Black Market: 387thMost Cheerful Citizens: 707thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 739thMost Subsidized Industry: 815thMost Armed: 968thMost Primitive: 1,334thHighest Economic Output: 1,348thNicest Citizens: 1,808thTop
Largest Populations: 2,049thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,078thLargest Governments: 2,216thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,749thMost Inclusive: 2,772ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,698thMost Pacifist: 3,905thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,984thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,729thHighest Average Incomes: 6,983rdTop
Most Efficient Economies: 14,622nd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 9th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Armed: 13th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19th in the regionTop
Most Primitive: 26th in the regionLargest Governments: 32nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 41st in the regionMost Inclusive: 46th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 47th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Ransium, a milk bath costs more than bathing in money.
  • : Following new legislation in Ransium, grinding bureaucracy has the international wheels of justice turning slowly.
  • : Following new legislation in Ransium, foreign nations often blame poverty and terrorism on Ransiumian selfishness.
  • : Following new legislation in Ransium, the art of conversation has been rediscovered.
  • : Following new legislation in Ransium, many believe that you can't repeat history's mistakes if you don't care what they were.
  • : Following new legislation in Ransium, dog breeding has been banned in accordance with recent animal experimentation laws.
  • : Following new legislation in Ransium, carpal tunnel syndrome is on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Ransium, hordes of tourists are ruining the environment.
  • : Following new legislation in Ransium, Scipio has a wardrobe full of fake designer suits.
  • : Ransium lodged a message on the Forest Regional Message Board.


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