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The Republic of Soque

“necisque libertas”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Balder

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Soque

Population342 million

CurrencyQues
AnimalElephant Seal

The Republic of Soque is a huge, socially progressive nation, notable for its compulsory military service and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 342 million Soqueans 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 tiny government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 8.4%.

The strong Soquean economy, worth 21.6 trillion Queses a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Book Publishing. Average income is 63,200 Queses, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.8 times as much as the poorest.

The government has started a campaign to crack down on road rage and encourage alternate means of commuting, teachers are skilled at leaving no evidence of child cruelty, there have been sightings of people walking around dressed in nothing but leopard-skin g-strings for 'religious reasons', and Elephant Seals are considered a delicacy. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Soque's national animal is the Elephant Seal, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Soque is ranked 48,424th in the world and 1,818th in Balder for Most Pro-Market, scoring 57.14 on the Rand Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 7,497thTop
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Most Average: 15,197th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 31st in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 520th in the region

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