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The Rational Republic of Sanden

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Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific



Population13.133 billion

CapitalNotlock City
LeaderEstes Kefauver

AnimalPeregrine Falcon

The Rational Republic of Sanden is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Estes Kefauver with a fair hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, compulsory military service, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 13.133 billion Sandenians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Notlock City. The average income tax rate is 72.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Sandenian economy, worth 941 trillion Shards a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Pizza Delivery, and Soda Sales. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 71,665 Shards, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day, UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news, loans are available for students from poor families, and all streets are privately owned toll roads. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sanden's national animal is the Peregrine Falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Rationalism.

Sanden is ranked 127,446th in the world and 5,014th in the South Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -4.69 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,075thMost Influential: 1,507thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,609thMost Stationary: 3,928thSafest: 4,211thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,025thBest Weather: 5,645thNicest Citizens: 7,654thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,922ndMost Beautiful Environments: 9,078thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,484thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,642ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,071stMost Pacifist: 11,078thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,380thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,562ndMost Cultured: 12,599thLargest Populations: 14,035thHealthiest Citizens: 14,134thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,146thLargest Publishing Industry: 15,295thHighest Economic Output: 15,339th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 79th in the regionMost Stationary: 89th in the regionMost Influential: 133rd in the regionSafest: 134th in the regionLargest Populations: 153rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 161st in the regionBest Weather: 181st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 183rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 222nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 258th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 259th in the regionNicest Citizens: 268th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 295th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 337th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 343rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 350th in the regionMost Cultured: 369th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 389th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 399th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 420th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 428th in the regionMost Pacifist: 429th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 437th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 451st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 458th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 474th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 491st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 495th in the regionMost Developed: 549th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 578th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 599th in the region

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