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The Democratic Republic of SecularNorth

“Religion is bullshit”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific

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SecularNorth

Population616 million

CapitalBelladonna

CurrencyLitas
AnimalCory Chase

The Democratic Republic of SecularNorth is a huge, socially progressive nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and compulsory military service. The compassionate population of 616 million SecularNorthians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Belladonna. The average income tax rate is 78.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming SecularNorthian economy, worth 62.1 trillion Litas a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 100,868 Litas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Cults that offer eternal life after death to those who follow a self-sacrificing saviour are frowned upon, government officials have to mortgage their homes to make ends meet, farmers have taken to hunting billionaires who encroach on their land, and tourists are duped into trimming hedges for the horsy-set. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. SecularNorth's national animal is the Cory Chase, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

SecularNorth is ranked 23,485th in the world and 603rd in The East Pacific for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 5,203.36 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,722ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,116thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,652ndMost Influential: 4,910thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,716thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,030thSafest: 7,151stNicest Citizens: 8,877thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,878thMost Inclusive: 9,175thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,952ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,034thTop
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Best Weather: 10,558thHealthiest Citizens: 10,648thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,224thMost Pacifist: 12,217thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,111thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,513thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,111thLowest Crime Rates: 14,382ndMost Secular: 15,226thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,271stMost Beautiful Environments: 15,665thSmartest Citizens: 17,063rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,585thMost Cultured: 18,206thMost Developed: 18,528thLargest Governments: 18,879thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,945thHighest Poor Incomes: 19,615thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,916th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 102nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 153rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 172nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 181st in the regionSafest: 218th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 226th in the regionNicest Citizens: 262nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 276th in the regionMost Inclusive: 292nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 310th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 314th in the regionBest Weather: 315th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 315th in the regionMost Influential: 324th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 330th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 375th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 393rd in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 414th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 416th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 429th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 444th in the regionMost Pacifist: 450th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 453rd in the regionMost Cultured: 484th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 485th in the regionMost Secular: 493rd in the regionLargest Governments: 512th in the regionMost Developed: 547th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 554th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 568th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 575th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 603rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 614th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 678th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in SecularNorth, tourists are duped into trimming hedges for the horsy-set.
  • : SecularNorth voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Integrity in Law Enforcement".
  • : Following new legislation in SecularNorth, farmers have taken to hunting billionaires who encroach on their land.
  • : Following new legislation in SecularNorth, government officials have to mortgage their homes to make ends meet.
  • : Following new legislation in SecularNorth, cults that offer eternal life after death to those who follow a self-sacrificing saviour are frowned upon.
  • : Following new legislation in SecularNorth, ice-filled coffins are ominously positioned in the corner of every hospital ward.
  • : Following new legislation in SecularNorth, the government is in utter turmoil following the recent abolishment of the tax code.
  • : Following new legislation in SecularNorth, octogenarian swimsuit models insist that they've still got it.
  • : SecularNorth was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in SecularNorth, students do more community service than homework.

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