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The Republic of Surd

“Strength in Unity”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lazarus



Population7.9 billion

LeaderOlaf Nieuwpoort


The Republic of Surd is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Olaf Nieuwpoort with a fair hand, and renowned for its soft-spoken computers, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.9 billion Surds 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 enormous, liberal, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fentanes. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Surdic economy, worth a remarkable 1,864 trillion Fioris a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 235,960 Fioris, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

More sidewalk is dedicated to animals than people, crowds of flag-burning protesters tend to accidentally become crowds of burning protesters, fair-weather fans talk during plays while die-hard theatre enthusiasts stay at home, and rioting during the nation's hosting of ORDER caused one million Fioris of property damage. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Surd's national animal is the Robin, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Surd is ranked 238,521st in the world and 7,899th in Lazarus for Fattest Citizens, with 1.59 Obesity Rate.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 388thMost Compassionate Citizens: 518thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 560thNicest Citizens: 621stMost Developed: 642ndSafest: 647thLongest Average Lifespans: 735thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 763rdBest Weather: 821stHealthiest Citizens: 821stHighest Average Tax Rates: 831stMost Pacifist: 850thLowest Crime Rates: 944thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,001stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,026thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,062ndLargest Governments: 1,089thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,099thMost Inclusive: 1,137thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,246thSmartest Citizens: 1,285thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,298thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,349thMost Secular: 1,512thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,561stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,911thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,067thMost Cultured: 2,207thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,537thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,762ndMost Efficient Economies: 2,827thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,220thMost Influential: 3,461stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,487thHighest Average Incomes: 4,142ndMost Subsidized Industry: 5,399thHighest Economic Output: 9,139thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,387thTop
Most Income Equality: 12,344thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 23,129th
Most Compassionate Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11th in the regionNicest Citizens: 18th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 18th in the regionMost Developed: 24th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 27th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 28th in the regionBest Weather: 31st in the regionMost Pacifist: 33rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 34th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 35th in the regionMost Inclusive: 35th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 36th in the regionSafest: 39th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 40th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 43rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 43rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 47th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 52nd in the regionMost Influential: 53rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 54th in the regionLargest Governments: 54th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 55th in the regionMost Secular: 56th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 56th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 62nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 79th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 99th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 117th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 129th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 135th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 164th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 166th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 203rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 216th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 289th in the regionMost Income Equality: 301st in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 450th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 559th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 567th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 116 » Treadwellia, Leonism, Belmallow, Aigania, Marcellinople, Nargorthia, Hukaa, Zoreno, Aaecilia, Axixic, Aguaria Major, Bongrovia, Debussy, Antomoron, ImperialisLorderon, Nippon Shotou Teikoku, Port Flynt, United States of Sarjania, Devinsburg, Owans, Altmar, Emperor PJ, State of Cascadia, Burning Pants, Pepper Island Democratica Freeland Papri, Denado, Trontasky, Zenion, Ashoy, Aleckandor, Issrak-om, Gloriton, The Sigometh Dynasty, Guiness Freaks, Winx club, Othan, Mezoviaf, Catopia2, Nucular, Ecchi Unlimited, Tjabino, Uhanda, Xalivstonia, Darcaethir, Flurf, Russiane, Zinertia, The Islands of Colwell, Mainze, Lis Gomer, and 66 others.1482, Caybow, Ellsonian Dominion, Imperial Saber, Lowelian, Trumps Dictatorship, Ioboriya, Fortytipper, Darkium, Bravenewworld, Courlany, Arkanik, Memeloria, Sandbrook, TashRakwen, Paline, Nord Gronland, Zherid, Normianm Empire, Wishper, Antolica, SerbianHolyEmpire, Grettana, TypoTech, The Civitas Islands, Simsempha, Enjuku, Humanistical, Skin Nation The Second, Spacea, Gorgonzola-, Highchii, Priotsoide, Cyrilla, The Edderalish Empire, Tolfaer, Cumidava, Davaro, Toolandia, Nazarstan, Canago, Fanadia, Liberty and Unity, Klaisur, Dotian, Darnitsa, Domais, Wassily Universal Rifling Company, New Rogernomics, Tinbo, Dimusoika, Hraban, Fazrin, Cidilandia, Wowzabees, Umuyyad, Tymak, Istanmur, Steel Vagabonds, Sword Coast Islands, Rionion, The Land of the Tardigrades, Augustenbuurg, The Gelseen Hegemony, Gaddafi empire, and Greater Serbian Lands.

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