by Max Barry

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The Republic of The End Is Always Near

“From Many, One”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Envoy

Location: The Planetary Alliance

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The End Is Always Near

Population3.144 billion

Currencyrupee
Animaldolphin

The Republic of The End Is Always Near is a massive, cultured nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, infamous sell-swords, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed population of 3.144 billion End Is Always Nearians 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 Defense, Law & Order, and Education. The average income tax rate is 29.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient End Is Always Nearian economy, worth 124 trillion rupees a year, is led by the Woodchip Exports industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Furniture Restoration, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 39,454 rupees, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines, an increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents, Tom and Jerry cartoons have cat and mouse resolving their problems with reasoned discussion, and army rations are served on silver platters. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The End Is Always Near's national animal is the dolphin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

The End Is Always Near is ranked 182,198th in the world and 2nd in The Planetary Alliance for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, scoring -4.27 on the Charon Conveyancy Index.

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