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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

Population19.346 billion

Capitalanywhere
LeaderSir Prize
Faithastonishment

Currencyshock
Animalshark

The Element of Surprise is a gargantuan, socially progressive 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 19.346 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, Healthcare, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of anywhere. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 16.5%.

The strong surprised economy, worth 825 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 42,665 shocks, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 290,075 per year while the poor average 2,292, a ratio of 126 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 18,764th in the world and 85th in 10000 Islands for Highest Crime Rates, with 19.09 Crimes Per Hour.

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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 1stMost Pro-Market: 1stHighest Drug Use: 1stMost Politically Free: 2ndMost Extreme: 491stMost Stationary: 1,463rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,475thTop
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Largest Populations: 6,893rdNudest: 7,407thLargest Gambling Industry: 9,219thRudest Citizens: 9,719thMost Influential: 9,903rdTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 17,842ndMost Armed: 18,135thHighest Crime Rates: 18,764thHighest Economic Output: 20,655th
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12th in the regionMost Stationary: 16th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 67th in the regionNudest: 73rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 76th in the regionTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 85th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 111th in the regionRudest Citizens: 142nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 143rd in the regionMost Armed: 145th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 160th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : 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 Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate and Highest Economic Output.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Dead.
  • : Surprise was struck by a Mk V (Cauterizer) Cure Missile from The Evil Petting Zoo of Deadcatistan, curing 412 million infected.

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