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The Community of St Stephen n Critters

“Gramen artificiosum ne fumisses”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Economy:
Weak
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Hippy Haven

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St Stephen n Critters

Population33.566 billion

CapitalSaint Circumstance
LeaderThe Head
FaithSecular humanism

CurrencyJerry Berry
AnimalDancing Bear

The Community of St Stephen n Critters is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by The Head with a fair hand, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, hatred of cheese, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 33.566 billion St Stephen n Crittersians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saint Circumstance. The income tax rate is 100%.

The enormous but sluggish St Stephen n Crittersian economy, worth a remarkable 5,499 trillion Jerry Berries a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 163,855 Jerry Berries, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Rare art has become a significant factor in negotiating all foreign trade agreements, newly synthesized elements' half-lives are a million times shorter than the time it takes to say their names, the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments, and Dancing Bear is one of the most popular forenames in St Stephen n Critters. Crime is totally unknown. St Stephen n Critters's national animal is the Dancing Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Secular humanism.

St Stephen n Critters is ranked 22,398th in the world and 4th in Hippy Haven for Most Extreme, scoring 35.32 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Most Compassionate Citizens: 4thNicest Citizens: 4thMost Pacifist: 6thMost Beautiful Environments: 7thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11thMost Inclusive: 16thLargest Governments: 16thMost Cultured: 17thMost Cheerful Citizens: 25thBest Weather: 25thSmartest Citizens: 26thMost Rebellious Youth: 29thSafest: 50thHealthiest Citizens: 53rdLowest Crime Rates: 61stLongest Average Lifespans: 64thLargest Welfare Programs: 108thMost Advanced Public Transport: 130thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 164thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 179thMost Advanced Public Education: 353rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 365thMost Secular: 942ndLargest Populations: 1,169thHighest Economic Output: 1,499thMost Influential: 1,526thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,535thTop
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Most Stationary: 2,284thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,343rdLargest Publishing Industry: 3,504thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 10,743rdMost Politically Free: 11,889thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,820thMost Income Equality: 13,995thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,952ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,962nd
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Most Inclusive: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Extreme: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in St Stephen n Critters, Dancing Bear is one of the most popular forenames in St Stephen n Critters.
  • : Following new legislation in St Stephen n Critters, the nation's politicians are known more for the internet memes they spawn than any of their accomplishments.
  • : Following new legislation in St Stephen n Critters, newly synthesized elements' half-lives are a million times shorter than the time it takes to say their names.
  • : St Stephen n Critters agreed to construct embassies between Hippy Haven and Save Our Planet.
  • : St Stephen n Critters was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in St Stephen n Critters, rare art has become a significant factor in negotiating all foreign trade agreements.
  • : Following new legislation in St Stephen n Critters, orthopaedics patients often have a bounce in their step.
  • : Following new legislation in St Stephen n Critters, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Saint Circumstance Times is sold out.
  • : St Stephen n Critters voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Fair Arbitration Act".
  • : Following new legislation in St Stephen n Critters, most ambassadors from St Stephen n Critters retire only a few years after being appointed.

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Endorsements Received: 3 » Mikaclysm, Smorkf, and Rihooka.

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