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The Republic of Soirwren

“Vigilance. Grace. Determination.”

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Location: The East Pacific



Population4.312 billion



The Republic of Soirwren is a massive, orderly nation, remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, anti-smoking policies, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical population of 4.312 billion Soirwrenians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Soigné. The average income tax rate is 67.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Soirwrenian economy, worth 360 trillion credits a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Basket Weaving, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 83,672 credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Money can't buy love but mercy is entirely negotiable, the sound of office water cooler chatter has been replaced by the whirring of computer cooling fans, insanely good theatre productions face government censorship, and praying before a battle is a court-martial offence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Soirwren's national animal is the deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Soirwren is ranked 110,434th in the world and 4,181st in The East Pacific for Most Pro-Market, scoring 44.67 on the Rand Index.

Most Influential: 2,895thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,095thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,494thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,295thBest Weather: 6,424thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,190thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,279thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,821stMost Advanced Public Education: 9,216thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,298thMost Pacifist: 9,514thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,871stTop
Most Developed: 10,804thHealthiest Citizens: 10,974thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,435thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,839thLargest Black Market: 16,969thMost Efficient Economies: 17,349thMost Secular: 18,649thSmartest Citizens: 19,147thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,359th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 152nd in the regionMost Influential: 176th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 176th in the regionBest Weather: 185th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 205th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 236th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 246th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 247th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 251st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 252nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 285th in the regionMost Developed: 304th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 315th in the regionMost Pacifist: 320th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 350th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 373rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 401st in the regionMost Stationary: 419th in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 459th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 509th in the regionMost Secular: 630th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 657th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 665th in the regionLargest Populations: 686th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 704th in the regionMost Inclusive: 705th in the region

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