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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:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Hippy Haven

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St Stephen n Critters

Population31.993 billion

CapitalSaint Circumstance
LeaderThe Head
FaithSecular humanism

CurrencyJerry Berry
AnimalDancing Bear

The Community of St Stephen n Critters is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Head with a fair hand, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, avant-garde cinema, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 31.993 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 5,379 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 168,144 Jerry Berries, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A blood-red mark on the doorframe means a building must be passed over for destruction, constipated disaster survivors are rapidly learning that MRE is short for "Meal Requiring Enemas", bars are packed at all hours, and passengers often cause a stink on public transport. 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 168,497th in the world and 42nd in Hippy Haven for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -131.75 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Nicest Citizens: 4thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5thMost Pacifist: 5thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6thMost Beautiful Environments: 6thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7thLongest Average Lifespans: 7thMost Inclusive: 9thLargest Governments: 11thMost Cultured: 15thSmartest Citizens: 22ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 23rdBest Weather: 26thMost Rebellious Youth: 30thSafest: 36thLowest Crime Rates: 45thHealthiest Citizens: 51stLargest Welfare Programs: 92ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 107thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 133rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 143rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 279thMost Advanced Public Education: 296thMost Secular: 907thLargest Populations: 1,211thMost Influential: 1,314thHighest Economic Output: 1,319thTop
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Most Stationary: 2,430thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,889thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,769thHighest Drug Use: 6,200thNudest: 6,853rdTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 8,497thHighest Average Incomes: 9,256thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 10,320thMost Income Equality: 10,943rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,549thMost Politically Free: 14,997th
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4th in the regionNudest: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : St Stephen n Critters voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Preventing Desertification"".
  • : Following new legislation in St Stephen n Critters, passengers often cause a stink on public transport.
  • : Following new legislation in St Stephen n Critters, bars are packed at all hours.
  • : Following new legislation in St Stephen n Critters, constipated disaster survivors are rapidly learning that MRE is short for "Meal Requiring Enemas".
  • : Following new legislation in St Stephen n Critters, a blood-red mark on the doorframe means a building must be passed over for destruction.
  • : Following new legislation in St Stephen n Critters, the "feminist protest" defence is increasingly common for cases of armed robbery.
  • : St Stephen n Critters was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : St Stephen n Critters voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Prohibit Private Prisons"".
  • : St Stephen n Critters was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Following new legislation in St Stephen n Critters, the universal wage level is set by dividing GDP by the number of citizens.

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