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The Shield guarding the Horsemen of Roavin

“Reinventing the Wheel over and over again” Jonathan Relean

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the South Pacific

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Roavin

Population7.665 billion

CapitalNamartis
LeaderJonathan Relean

CurrencyJohtir
AnimalLeft-Handed Chicken

The Shield guarding the Horsemen of Roavin is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Jonathan Relean with an even hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, restrictive gun laws, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 7.665 billion Roavinians 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, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Namartis. The average income tax rate is 78.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Roavinian economy, worth 680 trillion Johtirs a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 88,800 Johtirs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crossword puzzles have been co-opted as a symbol of racial discrimination, the nation's forests are full of treasure hunters in military-grade survival gear, pandemics are over and done with by the time it takes to pass the nation's stringent border security, and enemy navies sail within bombardment range of major coastal cities with impunity. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Roavin's national animal is the Left-Handed Chicken, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Roavin is ranked 156,135th in the world and 6,486th in the South Pacific for Most Devout, with 4.1 Prayers Per Hour.

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Most Influential: 2,894thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,586thSafest: 5,248thMost Pacifist: 6,046thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,820thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,381stTop
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Best Weather: 8,512thNudest: 8,524thMost Inclusive: 9,026thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,724thNicest Citizens: 10,345thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,588thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,547thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,106thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,127thHealthiest Citizens: 12,873rdMost Secular: 13,042ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,056thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,227thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,434thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,969thHighest Drug Use: 14,497thMost Income Equality: 15,021stSmartest Citizens: 15,894thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,035th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 119th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 161st in the regionSafest: 161st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 205th in the regionNudest: 221st in the regionMost Pacifist: 223rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 237th in the regionBest Weather: 267th in the regionLargest Populations: 302nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 327th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 343rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 344th in the regionMost Influential: 344th in the regionMost Stationary: 345th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 352nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 356th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 356th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 362nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 377th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 378th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 404th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 411th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 419th in the regionMost Secular: 448th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 456th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 460th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 466th in the regionLargest Governments: 477th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 483rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 499th in the regionMost Cultured: 632nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 635th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 645th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 662nd in the region

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