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The Republic of Snowvenia

“Illegitimi non carborundum”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Excessive
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: The Free Nations Region

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Snowvenia

Population16.329 billion

LeaderLeader

CurrencyFlanian Pobble Bead
AnimalCú Chulainn

The Republic of Snowvenia is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, keen interest in outer space, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 16.329 billion Snowvenians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Industry, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Law & Order receive no funds. The average income tax rate is 18.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Snowvenian economy, worth a remarkable 3,071 trillion Flanian Pobble Beads a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 188,123 Flanian Pobble Beads, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

In life full of care there is no time to stop and stare, citizens cannot change their light bulbs without approval from an international committee, almost all of the nation's water is piped into the country from abroad for exorbitant prices, and there's never a spare chair in the retirement home. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Snowvenia's national animal is the Cú Chulainn, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Snowvenia is ranked 22,478th in the world and 39th in The Free Nations Region for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 4,694.82 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Rebellious Youth: 112thHighest Crime Rates: 202ndMost Cultured: 305thMost Armed: 371stMost Cheerful Citizens: 399thLeast Corrupt Governments: 483rdNicest Citizens: 809thMost Efficient Economies: 835thLargest Publishing Industry: 856thMost Inclusive: 1,143rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,166thMost Developed: 1,166thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,511thSmartest Citizens: 1,617thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,646thTop
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Largest Black Market: 2,197thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,246thHealthiest Citizens: 2,709thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,833rdHighest Economic Output: 3,356thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,403rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,449thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,691stMost Advanced Public Education: 3,734thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,942ndHighest Poor Incomes: 5,053rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,105thMost Influential: 6,686thNudest: 6,729thHighest Average Incomes: 6,874thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,215thLargest Populations: 8,448thTop
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Most Secular: 8,813thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8,945thLargest Governments: 9,822ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,340thBest Weather: 11,544thMost Politically Free: 11,998thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,798thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,044thMost Pacifist: 15,890thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,813thHighest Drug Use: 16,832nd
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Most Armed: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionNudest: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Politically Free: 13th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 17th in the regionLargest Governments: 19th in the regionMost Secular: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 24th in the regionBest Weather: 26th in the region

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