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The Democratic Republic of Ulymein

“Standing at the Concession Plotting His Oppression”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Free Nations Region



Population255 million

AnimalMantis Shrimp

The Democratic Republic of Ulymein is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its otherworldly petting zoo, free-roaming dinosaurs, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 255 million Ulies hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, liberal government prioritizes Education, with Welfare, Industry, and Administration also on the agenda, while International Aid is ignored. The average income tax rate is 14.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Ulymeinian economy, worth 17.8 trillion Ulypences a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Trout Farming, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 69,963 Ulypences, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Bins outnumber trees in city parks, new pilots are regularly reminded that they are more expendable than their planes, a sudden shout of "surprise!" does not herald a party for teachers, and footballers are doing aerobics in the sauna to build their hot weather endurance. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Ulymein's national animal is the Mantis Shrimp, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Ulymein is ranked 81,929th in the world and 171st in The Free Nations Region for Most Cultured, scoring 65 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,918thTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 10,424thMost Influential: 16,272nd
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 11th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 23rd in the region

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