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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: Minnow

Location: Osiris

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The Misconception

Population9.164 billion

CapitalSerendipity
FaithThe Church of Bloggessianism

Currencypeble
Animalmanic monkey mind

The Republic of The Misconception is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, free-roaming dinosaurs, and lack of airports. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.164 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, liberal, 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 2,002 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 218,544 pebles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Ships no longer sail as no one wants to encounter misconceptionian pirates, there's nothing more gay than bleeding for your nation, paranoid museum guards keep a lookout for any animated displays attempting to escape the premises after dark, and the nation wears its high incidence of chromosomal diseases as a badge of pride. 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 139,432nd in the world and 4,810th in Osiris for Most Primitive, scoring -244.59 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 75thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 86thMost Advanced Public Transport: 104thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 105thLargest Welfare Programs: 163rdMost Advanced Public Education: 172ndMost Pacifist: 240thMost Beautiful Environments: 255thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 278thMost Developed: 281stMost Inclusive: 294thMost Cheerful Citizens: 333rdLongest Average Lifespans: 340thNicest Citizens: 348thHighest Average Tax Rates: 399thBest Weather: 410thMost Compassionate Citizens: 412thLeast Corrupt Governments: 447thSafest: 496thLargest Governments: 510thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 520thMost Cultured: 544thMost Rebellious Youth: 853rdLowest Crime Rates: 908thMost Subsidized Industry: 991stHealthiest Citizens: 1,021stSmartest Citizens: 1,055thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,168thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,538thHighest Average Incomes: 4,392ndMost Efficient Economies: 4,600thHighest Economic Output: 6,076thTop
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Nudest: 7,903rdMost Income Equality: 9,653rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,870th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the regionNicest Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 15th in the regionSafest: 15th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 28th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 30th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 30th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 32nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 32nd in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 92nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 182nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 223rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 226th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 236th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 301st in the regionNudest: 311th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 536th in the regionMost Politically Free: 570th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, the nation wears its high incidence of chromosomal diseases as a badge of pride.
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, paranoid museum guards keep a lookout for any animated displays attempting to escape the premises after dark.
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, there's nothing more gay than bleeding for your nation.
  • : The Misconception's influence in Osiris rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, ships no longer sail as no one wants to encounter misconceptionian pirates.
  • : The Misconception's influence in Osiris rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : The Misconception's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : The Misconception's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in Leader's bedroom.
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, workers tend to schedule naps during all-hands meetings.

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