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The Union of Sahcara

“From many , one”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Excessive
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Page

Location: South Pacific

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Sahcara

Population3.177 billion

CapitalFionix
LeaderArak

CurrencySahs
AnimalPhoenix

The Union of Sahcara is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Arak with a fair hand, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, national health service, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.177 billion Sahcarans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fionix. The average income tax rate is 79.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Sahcaran economy, worth 377 trillion Sahs a year, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 118,808 Sahs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Foreign policy often involves bullwhips and leather, airport announcements inform passengers that flights have been delayed because pilots are having afternoon naps, anti-government web sites are springing up, and all judiciary cases are decided in the court of public opinion. Crime is totally unknown. Sahcara's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Sahcara is ranked 257,213th in the world and 144th in South Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -12.77 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 3,221stMost Inclusive: 5,565thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,801stNicest Citizens: 5,831stMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,689thBest Weather: 9,158thHighest Food Quality: 9,607thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,699thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,942ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,953rdLargest Welfare Programs: 11,046thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,812thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,895thMost Developed: 12,406thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,671stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,832ndTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,310thSmartest Citizens: 13,624thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,123rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,428thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,903rdMost Secular: 16,094thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,643rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,147thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,188thLargest Governments: 19,202ndHealthiest Citizens: 20,359thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,607thMost Efficient Economies: 20,969thMost Income Equality: 22,507thSafest: 23,380thMost Subsidized Industry: 23,755thMost Cultured: 26,032nd
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 7th in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 9th in the regionMost Politically Free: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the regionBest Weather: 12th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 12th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 14th in the regionNudest: 14th in the regionRudest Citizens: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 14th in the region

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