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The Confederated Allied Republic of Siokania

“Forward, Always Forward”

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: New Western Empire

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Siokania

Population10.441 billion

CapitalCedriwyn
LeaderPrime Minister Hayden Mccallum
FaithGreek Orthodox Church of Siokania

CurrencySino
AnimalSiokanian Black Bear

The Confederated Allied Republic of Siokania is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Prime Minister Hayden Mccallum with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 10.441 billion Siokanians 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, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cedriwyn. The average income tax rate is 43.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Siokanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,526 trillion Sinoes a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 146,175 Sinoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Many are asking why the latest naval vessel is named after Saint Bartholomeus the Many Handed, internet moderator is one of the most popular jobs among the nation's more socially awkward citizens, the government has the power to seize property at will, and commemoration of the Great New Western Empire War costs almost as much as the war itself. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Siokania's national animal is the Siokanian Black Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Greek Orthodox Church of Siokania.

Siokania is ranked 12,691st in the world and 61st in New Western Empire for Most Developed, scoring 88.64 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Devout: 252ndBest Weather: 2,056thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 2,405thMost Cultured: 3,589thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,972ndLongest Average Lifespans: 4,053rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,618thLowest Crime Rates: 5,036thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,096thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,950thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,041stHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,497thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,128thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,992ndHighest Economic Output: 11,643rdTop
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Most Developed: 12,691stHighest Average Incomes: 15,037thMost Efficient Economies: 15,910thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,017thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,894thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,494thSmartest Citizens: 20,807th
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Most Devout: 1st in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 8th in the regionTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 12th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Cultured: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 16th in the regionLargest Populations: 18th in the region

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