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The Most Serene Republic of TomKirk

“Where were we again?”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: Knights of the NS List

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TomKirk

Population18.254 billion

CapitalHuckleberry
LeaderThomas Picard

Currencystone wheel
Animalheath hen

The Most Serene Republic of TomKirk is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Thomas Picard with an even hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, enforced nudity, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 18.254 billion TomKirkians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Huckleberry. The average income tax rate is 82.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong TomKirkian economy, worth a remarkable 1,082 trillion stone wheels a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Tourism industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 59,290 stone wheels, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth, the government violently suppresses separatist movements, teenage TV characters are played by thirty-year-olds by the end of the second season, and janitors and factory workers are often better educated than the bosses they work for. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. TomKirk's national animal is the heath hen, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

TomKirk is ranked 160,629th in the world and 1st in Knights of the NS List for Rudest Citizens, with 35.07 Insults Per Minute.

Top
1%
Nudest: 322ndTop
5%
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,217thSafest: 5,237thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,889thBest Weather: 6,326thMost Pacifist: 6,932ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,260thLargest Populations: 8,183rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,335thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,070thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,055thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,269thTop
10%
Highest Average Tax Rates: 12,736thMost Influential: 13,251stMost Advanced Public Education: 14,332ndMost Cultured: 14,865thMost Rebellious Youth: 15,254thHighest Economic Output: 15,692ndLongest Average Lifespans: 16,311thLeast Corrupt Governments: 16,729thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 17,111thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,827thHealthiest Citizens: 17,920thHighest Drug Use: 18,086thMost Stationary: 18,410thNicest Citizens: 21,150th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in TomKirk, janitors and factory workers are often better educated than the bosses they work for.
  • : TomKirk was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nicest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in TomKirk, teenage TV characters are played by thirty-year-olds by the end of the second season.
  • : Following new legislation in TomKirk, the government violently suppresses separatist movements.
  • : Following new legislation in TomKirk, drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth.
  • : Following new legislation in TomKirk, Huckleberry Preparatory School for the Exceedingly Wealthy's basketball team is having a few off-years.
  • : TomKirk was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : TomKirk was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : TomKirk was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : TomKirk was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential and the Top 10% for Most Advanced Public Transport.

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