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The Republic of The Misconception

“Barba non facit philosophum”

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

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Osiris

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The Misconception

Population10.857 billion

CapitalSerendipity
FaithThe Church of Bloggessianism

Currencypeble
Animalmanic monkey mind

The Republic of The Misconception is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its absence of drug laws, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 10.857 billion misconceptians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Serendipity. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient misconceptionian economy, worth a remarkable 2,384 trillion pebles 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 led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism. Average income is an amazing 219,610 pebles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children as young as six shock their parents by coming out of the closet, the government prides itself on being smug and condescending to idiots, people across the world seek to be healthier by eliminating carbs, and solving crossword puzzles requires fluency in at least five languages. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Misconception's national animal is the manic monkey mind, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Church of Bloggessianism.

The Misconception is ranked 208,297th in the world and 7,478th in Osiris for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -44.94 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 77thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 78thMost Advanced Public Transport: 95thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 113thLargest Welfare Programs: 161stMost Advanced Public Education: 181stMost Pacifist: 229thMost Beautiful Environments: 271stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 287thMost Inclusive: 330thMost Cheerful Citizens: 331stNicest Citizens: 357thHighest Average Tax Rates: 399thBest Weather: 415thMost Compassionate Citizens: 425thLeast Corrupt Governments: 433rdSafest: 478thLargest Governments: 526thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 538thMost Cultured: 560thMost Developed: 585thLongest Average Lifespans: 662ndMost Rebellious Youth: 867thLowest Crime Rates: 890thHealthiest Citizens: 1,085thSmartest Citizens: 1,147thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,212thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,281stTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,826thMost Efficient Economies: 4,610thHighest Average Incomes: 4,897thHighest Economic Output: 5,836thTop
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Most Income Equality: 10,964thNudest: 11,125thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,726th
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Most Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 6th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 10th in the regionBest Weather: 11th in the regionMost Cultured: 11th in the regionSafest: 13th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 17th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 19th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 28th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 29th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 34th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 37th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 43rd in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 108th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 186th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 208th in the regionMost Income Equality: 215th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 226th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 436th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 627th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, solving crossword puzzles requires fluency in at least five languages.
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, people across the world seek to be healthier by eliminating carbs.
  • : The Misconception's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Sprat".
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, the government prides itself on being smug and condescending to idiots.
  • : The Misconception was refounded in Osiris.
  • : The Misconception ceased to exist in Osiris.
  • : The Misconception was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, children as young as six shock their parents by coming out of the closet.
  • : The Misconception was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : The Misconception was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.

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