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The Armed Republic of The Young Ur

“Conflict to strength, strength to life, life to beauty.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Forest

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The Young Ur

Population826 million

CapitalCollingwood
LeaderAlexander O Brian

CurrencyUrrian Credit
AnimalFour Arrowed Butterfly

The Armed Republic of The Young Ur is a huge, efficient nation, ruled by Alexander O Brian with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, compulsory military service, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The compassionate, hard-working, devout population of 826 million Urrians 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 Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Collingwood. The average income tax rate is 43.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Urrian economy, worth 86.3 trillion Urrian Credits a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 104,456 Urrian Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Prisoners regularly escape detention posing as scarecrows, political candidates who don't release their birth certificates are presumed to have been born in Maxtopia, skin-tone prom dresses are more unpopular than ever, and sweet-toothed Urrians have been left penniless by the VAT on candy. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. The Young Ur's national animal is the Four Arrowed Butterfly, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The Young Ur is ranked 24,436th in the world and 131st in Forest for Highest Poor Incomes, with 64,960.61 Standard Monetary Units.

Top
1%
Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,530thTop
5%
Most Devout: 5,987thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,491stMost Cultured: 10,405thTop
10%
Largest Publishing Industry: 14,826thLargest Agricultural Sector: 16,460thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,875thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,070thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,447thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,411thMost Developed: 20,471stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21,902nd
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Most Average: 5th in the regionTop
10%
Most Valuable International Artwork: 28th in the regionMost Devout: 34th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 34th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 44th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Young Ur, sweet-toothed Urrians have been left penniless by the VAT on candy.
  • : Following new legislation in The Young Ur, skin-tone prom dresses are more unpopular than ever.
  • : Following new legislation in The Young Ur, political candidates who don't release their birth certificates are presumed to have been born in Maxtopia.
  • : The Young Ur was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in The Young Ur, prisoners regularly escape detention posing as scarecrows.
  • : Following new legislation in The Young Ur, out-of-work soldiers and bureaucrats can often be found camped out in front of manservant academies.
  • : Following new legislation in The Young Ur, kids who move from attending a public school in the city to the country often struggle in goat milking class.
  • : Following new legislation in The Young Ur, the nation is renowned abroad for its love of blood and guts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Young Ur, people say chess victor Alexander O Brian can kill you with mind-bullets.
  • : Following new legislation in The Young Ur, one of the nation's leading exports is empty platitudes.

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