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The Allied States of Santu Surgo

“May all act as one”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Envoy

Location: The Region That Has No Big Banks

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Santu Surgo

Population2.258 billion

CapitalNolia Lis
LeaderHyams Greves

CurrencyAlise
AnimalRed Panda

The Allied States of Santu Surgo is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Hyams Greves with a fair hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.258 billion Surgoans 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 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 Nolia Lis. The average income tax rate is 85.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Santu Surgoan economy, worth 151 trillion Alises a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 67,061 Alises, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Elderly citizens regularly buy posh multimillion-Alise mansions, films are funded in accordance with the volume of tears shed when reading the screenplay, the endangered saltwater humpback Red Panda is only seen in captivity programs, and the government is making attempts at curtailing the flood of spam emails with little progress. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Santu Surgo's national animal is the Red Panda, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Santu Surgo is ranked 220,349th in the world and 84th in The Region That Has No Big Banks for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -7.94 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,245thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,376thMost Influential: 4,654thSafest: 4,687thMost Pacifist: 5,733rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,200thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,419thNicest Citizens: 6,839thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,858thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,942ndBest Weather: 7,871stMost Inclusive: 11,001stHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,887thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 12,512thHealthiest Citizens: 12,981stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,212thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,939thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,512thLowest Crime Rates: 17,170thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,050thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,744thMost Cheerful Citizens: 22,448thLargest Governments: 23,742nd
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 10th in the region

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