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The Republic of Samstiel

“How about 'Sastiel'? 'Samstiel'?”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: The Region That Has No Big Banks

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Samstiel

Population1.96 billion

CapitalCastiel City
LeaderSam Winchester

Currencyangel
Animalhuman

The Republic of Samstiel is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Sam Winchester with an even hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, hatred of cheese, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 1.96 billion Samstielians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Administration, Healthcare, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Castiel City. The average income tax rate is 78.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Samstielian economy, worth 126 trillion angels a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 64,752 angels, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Samstielians incessantly needle their doctors for relief, a burger chain recently changed its name to Mack Donaldz for legal reasons, government spokespeople are working overtime trying to convince concerned citizens that Sam Winchester is not a crook, and small patches of desolate land across the world are part of Samstielian sovereign territory. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Samstiel's national animal is the human, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Samstiel is ranked 201,056th in the world and 62nd in The Region That Has No Big Banks for Fattest Citizens, with 7.87 Obesity Rate.

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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,908thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,950thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,468thMost Influential: 6,532ndMost Pacifist: 8,398thBest Weather: 9,268thSafest: 11,942ndTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 12,660thMost Compassionate Citizens: 12,723rdHealthiest Citizens: 13,228thNicest Citizens: 13,527thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,320thMost Inclusive: 15,095thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,467thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,521stHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,886thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,362ndMost Cultured: 20,194thLargest Welfare Programs: 20,666thMost Valuable International Artwork: 23,408th
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 8th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Samstiel, small patches of desolate land across the world are part of Samstielian sovereign territory.
  • : Following new legislation in Samstiel, government spokespeople are working overtime trying to convince concerned citizens that Sam Winchester is not a crook.
  • : Following new legislation in Samstiel, a burger chain recently changed its name to Mack Donaldz for legal reasons.
  • : Samstiel was endorsed by The Matriarchy of Liliths Revenge.
  • : Following new legislation in Samstiel, Samstielians incessantly needle their doctors for relief.
  • : Following new legislation in Samstiel, a niche industry catering to S&M enthusiasts has sprung up.
  • : Following new legislation in Samstiel, late night adverts for breast milk co-ops regularly win pornography industry awards.
  • : Following new legislation in Samstiel, citizens are remarkably well involved in the political process.
  • : Following new legislation in Samstiel, cane fights are a common sight in nursing homes.
  • : Samstiel was endorsed by Dirty dancing and didgeridoos.

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