by Max Barry

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The Republic of Swanker

“Peace and Justice”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the South Pacific

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Swanker

Population127 million

Currencydollar
Animaldolphin

The Republic of Swanker is a very large, cultured nation, renowned for its public floggings, frequent executions, and enforced nudity. The devout population of 127 million Swankerians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Defense, and Education. The average income tax rate is 27.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Swankerian economy, worth 4.46 trillion dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 35,133 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The government frequently panders to parents with boutique tax credits, major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day, uploading purple prose to social media earns a place on a government watchlist, and the new foreign policy is "why bother invading neighbours when they can be bought wholesale?". Crime is totally unknown. Swanker's national animal is the dolphin.

Swanker is ranked 152,525th in the world and 6,035th in the South Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -8.95 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Nudest: 1,526thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,971st
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Nudest: 50th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 647th in the regionMost Devout: 648th in the region

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