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The Democratic States of Sans Sense

“Simple governance for simple people”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The East Pacific


Sans Sense

Population380 million


The Democratic States of Sans Sense is a huge, genial nation, remarkable for its frequent executions and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 380 million Sans Senseans 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 medium-sized government prioritizes Education, with Administration, Welfare, and Law & Order also on the agenda. The average income tax rate is 27.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Sans Sensean economy, worth 18.5 trillion souls a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 48,605 souls, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance, therapists dispense hugs for heroin dealers and cuddles for crackheads, children dream of becoming physicians and physicists, and bizarre-looking creatures called 'atretochoanadogs' dominate wildlife preserves. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Sans Sense's national animal is the atretochoana, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Sans Sense is ranked 37,897th in the world and 1,044th in The East Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 71 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,501stMost Influential: 8,426thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 15,996th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 236th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 478th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 557th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 586th in the regionMost Inclusive: 700th in the region

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