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The Republic Federation of Trelatche

“Tantum in tenebris vides stellas”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Location: the South Pacific



Population11.226 billion

LeaderPresident Robert Anderson


The Republic Federation of Trelatche is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President Robert Anderson with a fair hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, national health service, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 11.226 billion Trelatcheans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mediete. The average income tax rate is 92.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Trelatchean economy, worth a remarkable 1,415 trillion Simoleons a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Automobile Manufacturing, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 126,090 Simoleons, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is rumoured that President Robert Anderson uses a magic 8-ball to make policy decisions, new government leaflets tell coeliac children to eat more crisps, medical experts advise that those claiming to be medical experts are probably fraudsters, and the right school tie opens more doors than the right qualification. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Trelatche's national animal is the penguin, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Trelatche is ranked 144,560th in the world and 5,687th in the South Pacific for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -260.6 on the Hayek Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,526thMost Influential: 2,025thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,034thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,118thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,210thMost Efficient Economies: 3,229thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,546thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,779thSafest: 4,167thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,504thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,752ndMost Developed: 5,818thMost Cultured: 5,945thHealthiest Citizens: 6,071stMost Rebellious Youth: 6,203rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,274thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,565thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,763rdNicest Citizens: 7,106thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,146thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,151stMost Pacifist: 7,406thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,379thLargest Governments: 8,674thSmartest Citizens: 8,828thHighest Economic Output: 9,378thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,447thLowest Crime Rates: 10,582ndMost Beautiful Environments: 11,207thMost Income Equality: 12,825thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12,860thMost Inclusive: 12,997thMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,139thBest Weather: 13,805th
Most Efficient Economies: 46th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 68th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 77th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 79th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 81st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 90th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 117th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 117th in the regionSafest: 131st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 151st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 161st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 166th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 179th in the regionMost Cultured: 179th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 183rd in the regionMost Developed: 184th in the regionLargest Populations: 196th in the regionMost Influential: 197th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 206th in the regionLargest Governments: 217th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 231st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 232nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 232nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 246th in the regionNicest Citizens: 251st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 253rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 289th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 292nd in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 306th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 350th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 387th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 387th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 430th in the regionMost Inclusive: 456th in the regionBest Weather: 458th in the regionMost Stationary: 471st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 484th in the regionMost Income Equality: 566th in the region

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