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The Rational Republic of Sanden

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Category: New York Times Democracy
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Location: the South Pacific



Population15.385 billion

CapitalNotlock City
LeaderHarold Stassen

AnimalPeregrine Falcon

The Rational Republic of Sanden is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Harold Stassen with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, anti-smoking policies, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 15.385 billion Sandenians 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 enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Notlock City. The average income tax rate is 77.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Sandenian economy, worth a remarkable 1,076 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 69,981 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 22,967th in the world and 733rd in the South Pacific for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 1,075.73 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,201stMost Influential: 1,480thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,647thMost Stationary: 3,600thSafest: 4,064thBest Weather: 4,923rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,990thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,105thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,556thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,774thNicest Citizens: 8,731stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,260thTop
Most Cultured: 12,036thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,239thMost Compassionate Citizens: 12,726thMost Pacifist: 13,003rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,259thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,335thLargest Populations: 13,338thHealthiest Citizens: 14,219thHighest Economic Output: 15,873rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,091stHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,128thMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,330thMost Rebellious Youth: 18,054thSmartest Citizens: 18,779thLargest Welfare Programs: 19,193rdMost Developed: 20,423rdMost Subsidized Industry: 21,042ndLowest Crime Rates: 21,143rdLargest Publishing Industry: 22,569th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 83rd in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 87th in the regionSafest: 139th in the regionMost Influential: 142nd in the regionLargest Populations: 148th in the regionBest Weather: 164th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 167th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 181st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 191st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 239th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 266th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 291st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 294th in the regionNicest Citizens: 302nd in the regionMost Cultured: 343rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 388th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 396th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 427th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 463rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 469th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 526th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 528th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 535th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 549th in the regionMost Pacifist: 553rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 565th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 575th in the regionMost Developed: 609th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 613th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 627th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 643rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 696th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 733rd in the region

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