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The United States of South-Antartica

“Patience and Wisdom walk hand in hand.”

Category: Tyranny by Majority
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Developing
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: HiberNationStates

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South-Antartica

Population12.709 billion

CapitalPoletown
LeaderMister Ice
FaithIcing

CurrencyDollar
Animalpenguin

The United States of South-Antartica is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Mister Ice with a fair hand, and remarkable for its ban on automobiles and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 12.709 billion South-Antarticans enjoy great social freedoms and frequent elections, where the majority of the populace regularly votes to increase its benefits at the expense of various hapless minorities.

The enormous, moralistic, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Public Transport, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Poletown. The average income tax rate is 55.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped South-Antartican economy, worth 237 trillion Dollars a year, is highly specialized and led by the Cheese Exports industry, with major contributions from Gambling and Basket Weaving. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 18,694 Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Voting is voluntary, South-Antartica has designated Poletown as its capital city, Mister Ice has just been declared ruler of South-Antartica in an international press conference, and Icing has been named as South-Antartica's national religion. Crime is almost non-existent, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. South-Antartica's national animal is the penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Icing.

South-Antartica is ranked 78,078th in the world and 2nd in HiberNationStates for Safest, scoring 86.63 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Most Stationary: 6,974thTop
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Most Influential: 12,691stLargest Populations: 18,514thLargest Black Market: 19,536th

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