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The Borderlands of Sympathy Mesa

“Unity in Diversity”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific

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Sympathy Mesa

Population808 million

CapitalHalcyon
LeaderWenis the Eviscerator

Currencysoul
AnimalEuropean polecat

The Borderlands of Sympathy Mesa is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Wenis the Eviscerator with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, daily referendums, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 808 million Sympathy Mesans 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, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Halcyon. The average income tax rate is 82.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Sympathy Mesan economy, worth 57.3 trillion souls 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 Cheese Exports. Average income is 70,903 souls, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

All recreational drugs are legal, flu research is commonly shut down for fear of creating a superbug, retirement homes are often fitted with luxurious suites, and ice-filled coffins are ominously positioned in the corner of every hospital ward. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sympathy Mesa's national animal is the European polecat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Sympathy Mesa is ranked 12,825th in the world and 701st in The North Pacific for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,570.32 Tourists Per Hour.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,234thTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 2,453rdMost Influential: 2,668thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,864thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,481stMost Inclusive: 6,869thSafest: 6,944thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,587thNicest Citizens: 7,742ndBest Weather: 8,330thHealthiest Citizens: 8,502ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,523rdLargest Welfare Programs: 8,979thMost Pacifist: 9,355thMost Income Equality: 10,770thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,196thTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 12,646thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,825thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,339thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,701stLowest Crime Rates: 14,318thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,383rdMost Advanced Public Education: 15,624thMost Secular: 16,364thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,528thHighest Drug Use: 16,921stSmartest Citizens: 17,047thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,588thMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,557thMost Cultured: 21,833rdLargest Governments: 22,947th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 138th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 200th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 249th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 359th in the regionSafest: 398th in the regionMost Inclusive: 426th in the regionNicest Citizens: 427th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 429th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 460th in the regionMost Income Equality: 476th in the regionBest Weather: 476th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 488th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 495th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 543rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 648th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 650th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 673rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 701st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 724th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 742nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 827th in the regionMost Secular: 833rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 850th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 852nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 874th in the regionMost Influential: 887th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 892nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 903rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 932nd in the region

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