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The Democratic Republic of Sokala

“Padayon, Sokala!”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The East Pacific

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Sokala

Population563 million

CapitalBondoc City

CurrencyNihil
AnimalSokalan Red-nosed Koala

The Democratic Republic of Sokala is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its irreverence towards religion, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 563 million Sokalans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bondoc City. The average income tax rate is 69.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Sokalan economy, worth 51.3 trillion Nihils a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 91,143 Nihils, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts, pictures of government employees with expensive Pearbooks 'working' on exotic beaches dominate local tabloids, strict term limits have been applied to all elected offices, and the nation's taxpayers pay for foreign government's extravagances. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sokala's national animal is the Sokalan Red-nosed Koala, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Sokala is ranked 168,865th in the world and 6,758th in The East Pacific for Fattest Citizens, with 8.29 Obesity Rate.

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Most Influential: 3,473rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,385thSafest: 9,043rdTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 12,143rdNicest Citizens: 12,169thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,111thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,138thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,832ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,309thMost Pacifist: 14,311thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,708thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,033rdHealthiest Citizens: 17,332ndMost Secular: 17,584thBest Weather: 18,368thMost Inclusive: 18,911th
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Most Influential: 228th in the regionSafest: 292nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 356th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 373rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 391st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 399th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 411th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 476th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 494th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 515th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 517th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 530th in the regionMost Pacifist: 532nd in the regionMost Secular: 578th in the regionBest Weather: 593rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 612th in the regionMost Inclusive: 639th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 646th in the regionMost Developed: 656th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 727th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 743rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 761st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 763rd in the region

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