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The Pacific Republic of Talitoa

“People with a just cause” Jarnet Billings

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The East Pacific



Population4.8 billion

LeaderJarnet Billings


The Pacific Republic of Talitoa is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Jarnet Billings with a fair hand, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, keen interest in outer space, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 4.8 billion Talitoans 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, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Takkatok. The average income tax rate is 99.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Talitoan economy, worth 981 trillion Talios a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 204,500 Talios, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children as young as eight can present logical proofs for the existence of the afterlife, the new Liquor Legitimacy Office is besieged with job applications from people who have experience in "statistical sampling methods", fake designer clothes are shredded and burnt while many in the world don't have a shirt on their back, and polygraphs are relegated to the dungeon exhibit in castle museums. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Talitoa's national animal is the Oarfish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Zelionism.

Talitoa is ranked 145,597th in the world and 5,847th in The East Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -8.25 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 298thMost Compassionate Citizens: 349thNicest Citizens: 381stMost Inclusive: 448thMost Pacifist: 502ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 524thMost Developed: 616thSafest: 680thLongest Average Lifespans: 731stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 759thMost Influential: 866thBest Weather: 873rdMost Beautiful Environments: 911thMost Cheerful Citizens: 924thMost Cultured: 935thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,016thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,039thHealthiest Citizens: 1,248thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,349thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,349thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 1,570thLargest Governments: 1,729thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,747thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,789thSmartest Citizens: 1,832ndLargest Publishing Industry: 1,878thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,936thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,689thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,799thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,957thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,458thHighest Average Incomes: 5,305thNudest: 6,670thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 7,922ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8,813thMost Politically Free: 10,279thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,862ndMost Income Equality: 14,182ndHighest Economic Output: 14,668th
Most Compassionate Citizens: 7th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionNicest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Pacifist: 13th in the regionMost Inclusive: 15th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 16th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17th in the regionSafest: 17th in the regionMost Developed: 17th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 18th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 20th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 20th in the regionMost Cultured: 21st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 23rd in the regionBest Weather: 27th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 28th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 31st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 31st in the regionLargest Governments: 33rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 33rd in the regionMost Influential: 36th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 37th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 40th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 40th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 44th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 46th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 50th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 67th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 89th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 103rd in the regionNudest: 123rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 130th in the regionMost Politically Free: 163rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 202nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 216th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 243rd in the regionMost Stationary: 262nd in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 359th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 430th in the regionMost Income Equality: 630th in the region

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