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The Southern Kingdom of Taralania

“For Crown And Country!”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Thaecia



Population8.572 billion

LeaderEmperor Francis II


The Southern Kingdom of Taralania is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Emperor Francis II with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, digital currency, and ritual sacrifices. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 8.572 billion Taralanians 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, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tarania. The average income tax rate is 87.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Taralanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,694 trillion Taras a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 197,717 Taras, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Third world countries are rich in "I Love Tarania" t-shirts, EULAs remind customers that "Private Mode" is a browser setting rather than a promise, politicians can be condescending (which by the way means "showing an attitude of patronising superiority"), and the government response to disaster victims starving for bread is "let them eat stale cake". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Taralania's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Christianity.

Taralania is ranked 197,938th in the world and 320th in Thaecia for Highest Crime Rates, with 1.72 Crimes Per Hour.

Most Efficient Economies: 1,776thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,979thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,912thLargest Retail Industry: 3,583rdHighest Poor Incomes: 3,662ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,699thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,437thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,034thRudest Citizens: 5,200thLargest Governments: 5,909thMost Developed: 6,292ndHighest Average Incomes: 6,449thMost Inclusive: 6,582ndSmartest Citizens: 6,669thMost Influential: 7,848thMost Cultured: 7,974thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,158thLowest Crime Rates: 9,213thHighest Economic Output: 9,220thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,461stLongest Average Lifespans: 9,965thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,390thMost Devout: 10,479thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,910thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,172ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,056thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,140thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,681stLargest Welfare Programs: 14,981stHighest Drug Use: 16,968thHealthiest Citizens: 19,662ndMost Beautiful Environments: 19,817thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,565th
Most Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 13th in the regionMost Cultured: 14th in the regionRudest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 17th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionMost Inclusive: 20th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 29th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 29th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 30th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 30th in the regionLargest Black Market: 33rd in the region

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