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The Dominion of Under Sea Desert

“Scallops for all”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific

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Under Sea Desert

Population604 million

CapitalWe Get by Without One

CurrencyBronze Scallop
AnimalScallop

The Dominion of Under Sea Desert is a huge, efficient nation, notable for its anti-smoking policies, digital currency, and ban on automobiles. The hard-working, democratic population of 604 million Under Sea Desertians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of We Get by Without One. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 43.6%.

The all-consuming Under Sea Desertian economy, worth 73.4 trillion Bronze Scallops a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. Average income is an impressive 121,445 Bronze Scallops, with the richest citizens earning 7.5 times as much as the poorest.

Popular cartoon characters frequently appear in government-sponsored PSAs reminding students to say no to drugs, citizens are encouraged to show displeasure with politicians by poking them with sharp metal sticks, artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings, and prison reforms have replaced communal luaus with communal loos. 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.

Under Sea Desert is ranked 26,033rd in the world and 954th in The East Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 4,319.22 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,013thMost Influential: 5,936thTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 8,511thSafest: 8,868thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,621stBest Weather: 14,595thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 14,764thHighest Disposable Incomes: 15,176thMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,234th
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 247th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 247th in the regionSafest: 256th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 292nd in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 392nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 403rd in the regionBest Weather: 412th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 418th in the regionMost Influential: 426th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 429th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 436th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 466th in the regionMost Developed: 492nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 498th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 507th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 516th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 521st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 528th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 563rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 564th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 564th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 609th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Under Sea Desert, prison reforms have replaced communal luaus with communal loos.
  • : Following new legislation in Under Sea Desert, artists from across the nation compete to renovate the restrooms of old government buildings.
  • : Following new legislation in Under Sea Desert, citizens are encouraged to show displeasure with politicians by poking them with sharp metal sticks.
  • : Following new legislation in Under Sea Desert, popular cartoon characters frequently appear in government-sponsored PSAs reminding students to say no to drugs.
  • : Following new legislation in Under Sea Desert, government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy.
  • : Under Sea Desert was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Under Sea Desert, dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines'.
  • : Following new legislation in Under Sea Desert, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway.
  • : Following new legislation in Under Sea Desert, extraordinary tribunals try accused financial criminals.
  • : Under Sea Desert was endorsed by The Pacific Republic of Talitoa.

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