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The Republic of The United Common

“Through science peace can be achieved”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Thriving
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific

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The United Common

Population16.017 billion

CapitalThe 29 Acres Facility
LeaderCENTRAL

CurrencyNational Gold Credit
AnimalWolf

The Republic of The United Common is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by CENTRAL with an even hand, and renowned for its smutty television, pith helmet sales, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, humorless population of 16.017 billion Commons are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The 29 Acres Facility. The average income tax rate is 90.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Common economy, worth a remarkable 1,739 trillion National Gold Credits a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 108,622 National Gold Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The banshee wail foretells skies of death, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park, the derisively named "Morlocks of Moria" futilely demand time in the sun, and military strategists are questioning the wisdom of subsidizing the economies of sworn enemies. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The United Common's national animal is the Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The United Common is ranked 21,037th in the world and 846th in the South Pacific for Safest, scoring 112.26 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Most Influential: 3,412thBest Weather: 4,660thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,737thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,756thHealthiest Citizens: 5,469thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,649thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,186thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,362ndMost Beautiful Environments: 7,307thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,588thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,504thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,643rdHighest Economic Output: 8,764thLowest Crime Rates: 9,305thSmartest Citizens: 9,378thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,221stTop
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Largest Populations: 10,974thLargest Governments: 11,065thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,297thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,473rdLargest Welfare Programs: 12,790thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,182ndMost Rebellious Youth: 13,470thMost Income Equality: 15,911thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,151stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,715th
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 87th in the regionLargest Populations: 97th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 138th in the regionBest Weather: 155th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 166th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 176th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 183rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 197th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 210th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 225th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 256th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 267th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 267th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 285th in the regionLargest Governments: 291st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 311th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 325th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 338th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 350th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 363rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 376th in the regionMost Influential: 413th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 416th in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 533rd in the regionMost Developed: 673rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 701st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 763rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 777th in the regionMost Cultured: 834th in the regionSafest: 846th in the region

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