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The Element of Surprise

“Didnít see that coming.”

Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
Frightening
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Corrupted

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: 10000 Islands

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Surprise

Population17.562 billion

Capitalanywhere
LeaderSir Prize
Faithastonishment

Currencyshock
Animalshark

The Element of Surprise is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Sir Prize with a fair hand, and notable for its absence of drug laws and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-working, democratic population of 17.562 billion surprises live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The medium-sized, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of anywhere. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 16.0%.

The strong surprised economy, worth 762 trillion shocks a year, is quite specialized and led by the Gambling industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Trout Farming. Average income is 43,392 shocks, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 420,721 per year while the poor average 215, a ratio of 1,948 to 1.

Mr Happy's Funland has just been named Surprise's new capital, Sir Prize has just been declared ruler of Surprise in an international press conference, and astonishment has been named as Surprise's national religion. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Surprise's national animal is the shark, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is astonishment.

Surprise is ranked 116,852nd in the world and 865th in 10000 Islands for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring zero on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Top
1%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stMost Pro-Market: 1stHighest Drug Use: 1stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1stMost Politically Free: 2ndMost Extreme: 498thMost Stationary: 1,562ndTop
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Nudest: 4,940thLargest Populations: 7,082ndLargest Gambling Industry: 8,098thMost Influential: 8,336thTop
10%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 8,550thRudest Citizens: 8,830thMost Armed: 9,531stHighest Crime Rates: 10,991stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,763rd
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 3rd in the regionTop
5%
Most Stationary: 19th in the regionNudest: 52nd in the regionTop
10%
Largest Populations: 70th in the regionMost Armed: 72nd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 75th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 90th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 95th in the regionRudest Citizens: 102nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Rudest Citizens and Most Influential.

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