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The Republic of United Kodiaks

“Nemo me impune lacessit.”

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

Regional Influence: Negotiator

Location: Capitalist Paradise

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United Kodiaks

Population19.568 billion

CapitalKodiak Island
LeaderYogi Bear
FaithUrsalism

CurrencyBottle Cap
AnimalChinook Salmon

The Republic of United Kodiaks is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Yogi Bear with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, sprawling nuclear power plants, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 19.568 billion Kodiak Bears 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 minute government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Education, although Industry and Law & Order are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kodiak Island. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Kodiakese economy, worth a remarkable 3,601 trillion Bottle Caps a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 184,057 Bottle Caps, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 621,892 per year while the poor average 40,291, a ratio of 15.4 to 1.

Curtailed social programs have left many citizens bereft of any safety net, the breathalyser pledge is a traditional part of marriages in United Kodiaks, adverts proclaim it has to be healthy if the Mornay uses hand-grated Gallopavian Gruyère, and gossip magazines have pictures of Yogi Bear sunbathing on the beach with political rivals. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. United Kodiaks's national animal is the Chinook Salmon, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Ursalism.

United Kodiaks is ranked 85,160th in the world and 211th in Capitalist Paradise for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 2,259.73 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Top
1%
Most Influential: 253rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 995thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,335thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,607thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,084thTop
5%
Least Corrupt Governments: 2,583rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,632ndHighest Economic Output: 3,107thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,832ndLargest Retail Industry: 4,494thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,830thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,282ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,737thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,057thMost Devout: 6,123rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,268thRudest Citizens: 6,356thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,418thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,539thLargest Populations: 6,588thHighest Average Incomes: 7,902ndSmartest Citizens: 7,991stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,734thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,372ndBest Weather: 9,627thTop
10%
Most Cultured: 10,647thMost Efficient Economies: 11,929thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13,154thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 14,250thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16,052ndSafest: 16,261stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,954thMost Developed: 19,153rd
Top
5%
Most Influential: 4th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7th in the regionTop
10%
Most Beautiful Environments: 20th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 20th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 20th in the regionMost Devout: 23rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 24th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 26th in the regionBest Weather: 26th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 28th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 28th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 29th in the regionLargest Populations: 31st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 32nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 33rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : United Kodiaks was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in United Kodiaks, gossip magazines have pictures of Yogi Bear sunbathing on the beach with political rivals.
  • : Following new legislation in United Kodiaks, adverts proclaim it has to be healthy if the Mornay uses hand-grated Gallopavian Gruyère.
  • : Following new legislation in United Kodiaks, the breathalyser pledge is a traditional part of marriages in United Kodiaks.
  • : Following new legislation in United Kodiaks, curtailed social programs have left many citizens bereft of any safety net.
  • : Following new legislation in United Kodiaks, extraordinary tribunals try accused financial criminals.
  • : Following new legislation in United Kodiaks, the government has declared its commitment to multilateralism.
  • : Following new legislation in United Kodiaks, the most common answers to where babies come from are "uh... ask your mother" and "um... ask your father".
  • : Following new legislation in United Kodiaks, there's a politician called Male Infant Kidman.
  • : United Kodiaks endorsed The United States of The Palm Beaches.

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