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The Queendom of Van Kouchnet

“God, Homeland, Liberty”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: Toronto


Van Kouchnet

Population638 million


The Queendom of Van Kouchnet is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape and irreverence towards religion. The hard-working, democratic population of 638 million Van Kouchnetians 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 relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 13.0%.

The strong Van Kouchnetian economy, worth 37.0 trillion betales a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Furniture Restoration, Pizza Delivery, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 58,005 betales, with the richest citizens earning 6.7 times as much as the poorest.

The tenet of free speech is held dear, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, and the country's famous rainforests are being bulldozed by the mining industry. Crime is relatively low. Van Kouchnet's national animal is the deer, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Van Kouchnet is ranked 75,281st in the world and 1st in Toronto for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 76.49 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,971stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14,659th

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