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The Dominion of Under Sea Desert

“Scallops for all”

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

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The East Pacific

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Under Sea Desert

Population2.365 billion

Capital- oh thats right - they don't have one
LeaderPectinidae Magnus
Faithanybody's guess

CurrencyBronze Scallop
AnimalScallop

The Dominion of Under Sea Desert is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Pectinidae Magnus with a fair hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, national health service, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.365 billion Under Sea Desertians 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 large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of - oh thats right - they don't have one. The average income tax rate is 83.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Under Sea Desertian economy, worth 354 trillion Bronze Scallops a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 149,954 Bronze Scallops, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings, political hopefuls must announce their intentions decades in advance to accommodate extensive background checks, ancient antique swords have had their blades replaced with latex boffer LARP replicas, and 10-year-olds who struggle with integrating by parts are considered slow learners. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Under Sea Desert's national animal is the Scallop, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is anybody's guess.

Under Sea Desert is ranked 192,314th in the world and 8,204th in The East Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -9.9 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Most Influential: 2,396thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,446thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,649thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,126thSafest: 3,364thMost Developed: 4,769thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,940thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,083rdSmartest Citizens: 5,123rdBest Weather: 5,139thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,498thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,544thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,564thHealthiest Citizens: 5,775thMost Inclusive: 5,918thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,049thNicest Citizens: 6,171stMost Pacifist: 6,335thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,472ndMost Advanced Public Education: 7,117thMost Cultured: 7,304thRudest Citizens: 7,626thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,570thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,055thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,066thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,368thLargest Governments: 9,822ndTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 11,330thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,746thHighest Average Incomes: 13,442ndMost Efficient Economies: 17,200thMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,378th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 81st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 83rd in the regionTop
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Safest: 96th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 133rd in the regionMost Influential: 134th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 137th in the regionMost Developed: 141st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 142nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 149th in the regionBest Weather: 157th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 165th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 165th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 172nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 172nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 176th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 178th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 184th in the regionMost Inclusive: 187th in the regionMost Cultured: 193rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 194th in the regionMost Pacifist: 214th in the regionRudest Citizens: 216th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 221st in the regionLargest Governments: 233rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 238th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 241st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 276th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 298th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 306th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 350th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 452nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 650th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 655th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 666th in the regionMost Stationary: 724th in the regionNudest: 811th in the regionMost Secular: 862nd in the region

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