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The Confederacy of Saundie

“In cake we trust” Dr Cakeston

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus

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Saundie

Population22.732 billion

CapitalCakeston
LeaderDr Cakeston

Currencycheesecake
Animalcheesecake

The Confederacy of Saundie is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Dr Cakeston with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, anti-smoking policies, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 22.732 billion Saundieans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cakeston. The average income tax rate is 4.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Saundiean economy, worth a remarkable 3,576 trillion cheesecakes a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 157,318 cheesecakes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

The entire entry for Saundie in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the World reads 'mostly harmless', science centers and state of the art laboratories are ubiquitous, when electric cars arrived nobody heard them coming, and friendly fire incidents usually result in severe burns. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Saundie's national animal is the cheesecake, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Saundie is ranked 64,863rd in the world and 2,590th in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 1,994.89 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 254thHealthiest Citizens: 536thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 630thBest Weather: 1,147thTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 1,893rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,137thSafest: 2,158thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,444thHighest Economic Output: 2,593rdMost Influential: 2,703rdMost Beautiful Environments: 2,861stHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,874thMost Developed: 3,269thLargest Populations: 3,918thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,250thMost Cultured: 4,384thSmartest Citizens: 4,884thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,122ndHighest Drug Use: 6,183rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,375thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,397thTop
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Nudest: 8,157thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,821stRudest Citizens: 8,921stLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,946thHighest Average Incomes: 10,981stHighest Poor Incomes: 11,133rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,790thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,910thMost Inclusive: 14,261st
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Least Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 21st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 21st in the regionBest Weather: 49th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 55th in the regionMost Influential: 56th in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 78th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 96th in the regionLargest Populations: 114th in the regionSafest: 117th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 122nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 125th in the regionMost Developed: 137th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 155th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 164th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 207th in the regionMost Cultured: 209th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 218th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 245th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 332nd in the regionMost Stationary: 344th in the regionRudest Citizens: 349th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 371st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 374th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 427th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 559th in the region

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