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The Republic of Timchow

“IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Union of Allied States

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Timchow

Population3.845 billion

CapitalMacau
LeaderCarrie Lam
FaithTaoism

CurrencyWon
AnimalDragonfly

The Republic of Timchow is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Carrie Lam with a fair hand, and remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, pith helmet sales, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.845 billion Timchowians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Macau. The average income tax rate is 91.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Timchowian economy, worth 455 trillion Won a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 118,535 Won, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Concerned environmentalists wipe away their tears with tissues sourced from Tasmanian old-growth redwoods, the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes, attempts to inform people about their unclaimed property are often mistaken for telephone scams, and it takes months to get the proper permits for a child's first tricycle. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Timchow's national animal is the Dragonfly, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Taoism.

Timchow is ranked 235,498th in the world and 59th in Union of Allied States for Most Primitive, scoring -365.15 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Safest: 4,643rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,482ndNudest: 7,077thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,225thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,317thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,321stLowest Crime Rates: 7,427thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,440thHealthiest Citizens: 7,481stBest Weather: 7,527thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,581stHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,611thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,629thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,730thMost Developed: 7,773rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,023rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,762ndMost Cultured: 9,891stLargest Governments: 10,562ndSmartest Citizens: 10,591stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,088thMost Influential: 11,103rdMost Subsidized Industry: 11,255thMost Efficient Economies: 11,506thMost Secular: 12,005thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,111thMost Inclusive: 12,146thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 13,941stMost Pacifist: 14,083rdLargest Publishing Industry: 18,874thMost Compassionate Citizens: 21,427thNicest Citizens: 22,356thLargest Welfare Programs: 23,885thHighest Average Incomes: 24,183rd
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Nudest: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Pacifist: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Timchow, it takes months to get the proper permits for a child's first tricycle.
  • : Following new legislation in Timchow, attempts to inform people about their unclaimed property are often mistaken for telephone scams.
  • : Following new legislation in Timchow, the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes.
  • : Following new legislation in Timchow, concerned environmentalists wipe away their tears with tissues sourced from Tasmanian old-growth redwoods.
  • : Following new legislation in Timchow, the debts of the father fall upon the son.
  • : Following new legislation in Timchow, children asking questions about science are referred to relevant sections in religious texts.
  • : Following new legislation in Timchow, it turns out you can teach cats new tricks.
  • : Following new legislation in Timchow, gay men commonly complain about their time of the month.
  • : Following new legislation in Timchow, formerly fertile fields are being leached dry of nutrients by intensive farming.
  • : Following new legislation in Timchow, the nation's forests are full of treasure hunters in military-grade survival gear.

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Endorsements Received: 4 » Chokoku, South Waterford, Rosuva, and New Shizal.

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