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The Collective Consciousness of The New Antarctic Government

“Our Past is not Today.” Sunset Shimmer

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Thalassia

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The New Antarctic Government

Population1.794 billion

CapitalCanterlot
LeaderSunset Shimmer
FaithAscension Theory

CurrencySol
AnimalPony

The Collective Consciousness of The New Antarctic Government is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Sunset Shimmer with a fair hand, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, sprawling nuclear power plants, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.794 billion humans love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Canterlot. The average income tax rate is 77.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming human economy, worth 225 trillion Sols a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 125,674 Sols, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Maximum security fish farms leave caged salmon pining for the fjords, the government's foreign policy statements are less threatening than a World Assembly cease-and-desist letter, young girls and senior citizens alike can be spotted wearing colourful short shorts, and youth call each other types of vegetables in lieu of government-banned racial insults. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The New Antarctic Government's national animal is the Pony, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Ascension Theory.

The New Antarctic Government is ranked 41,131st in the world and 58th in Thalassia for Most Cultured, scoring 70 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,457thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,172ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,097thMost Pacifist: 5,520thNicest Citizens: 6,139thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,740thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,905thMost Influential: 7,200thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,340thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,547thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,665thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,009thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 8,829thSafest: 8,935thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,039thMost Inclusive: 9,519thSmartest Citizens: 10,312thMost Secular: 10,857thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,259thLowest Crime Rates: 12,767thHealthiest Citizens: 13,562ndMost Developed: 14,828thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,038thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,229thMost Politically Free: 15,336thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,592ndLargest Governments: 15,769thMost Income Equality: 16,029thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,215thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,477th
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Most Influential: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 7th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionMost Pacifist: 8th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionNicest Citizens: 9th in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 15th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 16th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionSafest: 17th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Income Equality: 19th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 19th in the regionMost Secular: 19th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 19th in the region

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