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The Banzai Federal Republic of Shinnokawa

“The Pearl of the East, the Light for the hopeless”

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The East Pacific

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Shinnokawa

Population2.682 billion

CapitalSeikyo
LeaderPresident Jotarou Watanabe
FaithBiblical Evangelical Christianity

CurrencyShihei
AnimalNikkou Phoenix

The Banzai Federal Republic of Shinnokawa is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by President Jotarou Watanabe with a fair hand, and notable for its frequent executions, sprawling nuclear power plants, and aversion to nipples. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 2.682 billion Shinnokawans 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 Administration, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Seikyo. The average income tax rate is 35.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Shinnokawan economy, worth 336 trillion Shiheis a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 125,597 Shiheis, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

The new cheese tax is colloquially known as "wheel welfare", some people will do literally anything to be in the spotlight, copies of the constitution are used as toilet paper, and a sudden shout of "surprise!" does not herald a party for teachers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shinnokawa's national animal is the Nikkou Phoenix, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Biblical Evangelical Christianity.

Shinnokawa is ranked 1,318th in the world and 33rd in The East Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 11,171.11 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,318thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,827thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,104thMost Influential: 2,262ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,705thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 9,358thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,699thMost Developed: 11,934thLargest Retail Industry: 13,156thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,299thHealthiest Citizens: 13,808thSafest: 14,825thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,310th
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 33rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 53rd in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 154th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 173rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 182nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 216th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 269th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 331st in the regionMost Developed: 346th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 361st in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 402nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 442nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 449th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 485th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 499th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 502nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 505th in the regionSafest: 507th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 530th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 532nd in the regionMost Stationary: 551st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 575th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 575th in the regionMost Cultured: 578th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 587th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 628th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 698th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 723rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 751st in the region

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