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The United Sergwish States of Sergowana

“A Lust For Life Keeps Us Alive”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Hatchling

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Sergowana

Population3.004 billion

CapitalGovag
LeaderDivine Ruler Sergov
Faithoutlawed

CurrencySaga
AnimalDove

The United Sergwish States of Sergowana is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Divine Ruler Sergov with a fair hand, and renowned for its frequent executions, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 3.004 billion sergos 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 juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Govag. The average income tax rate is 51.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Sergwish economy, worth 336 trillion Sagas a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 112,171 Sagas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Shanty towns of homeless immigrants are the ideal recruiting ground for terrorist organisations, anti-government web sites are springing up, blackface performers claim they are being deliberately ironic, and houses and businesses are bulldozed to make way for ever-expanding cemeteries. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Sergowana's national animal is the Dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is outlawed.

Sergowana is ranked 12,728th in the world and 265th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 8,148.29 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Most Secular: 7,905thBest Weather: 9,130thHighest Drug Use: 11,038thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,523rdLargest Retail Industry: 12,728thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,034thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13,161stLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,322ndMost Developed: 13,912thRudest Citizens: 13,972ndLongest Average Lifespans: 14,952ndLargest Welfare Programs: 15,019thNudest: 15,074th
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Most Secular: 198th in the regionBest Weather: 242nd in the regionTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 265th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 279th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 305th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 315th in the regionMost Developed: 321st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 345th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 365th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 399th in the regionNudest: 421st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 437th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 445th in the regionRudest Citizens: 447th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 473rd in the region

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