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The GPs Hottest Commodity of Varanius

“I donít think, so am I?”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the West Pacific

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Varanius

Population3.381 billion

CapitalZygotia
LeaderFictional Ken Burns
FaithThe Big Book Of Questions

CurrencyOctopie
AnimalNewborn

The GPs Hottest Commodity of Varanius is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Fictional Ken Burns with an even hand, and renowned for its national health service, state-planned economy, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.381 billion Newborns are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zygotia. The average income tax rate is 95.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Varanian economy, worth 423 trillion Octopies a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 125,165 Octopies, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The art of conversation has been rediscovered, the nation's democracy attracts huddled masses yearning to breathe free, in life full of care there is no time to stop and stare, and cars have been banned. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Varanius's national animal is the Newborn, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Big Book Of Questions.

Varanius is ranked 83,361st in the world and 1,662nd in the West Pacific for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 144,123 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 239thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,386thTop
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Most Pacifist: 2,869thSafest: 3,316thMost Inclusive: 3,376thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,496thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,524thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,921stMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,974thNicest Citizens: 4,104thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,234thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,355thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,841stHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,244thMost Developed: 5,280thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,581stLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,652ndBest Weather: 5,857thHealthiest Citizens: 6,458thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,458thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,843rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,921stSmartest Citizens: 7,289thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,348thLowest Crime Rates: 7,454thLargest Governments: 7,875thMost Secular: 9,351stHighest Poor Incomes: 10,093rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,131stTop
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Most Influential: 12,461stMost Subsidized Industry: 14,398thMost Cultured: 16,736thMost Efficient Economies: 17,978thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19,491stHighest Average Incomes: 21,418thMost Income Equality: 21,968th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 37th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 46th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 64th in the regionSafest: 65th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 67th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 74th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 77th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 79th in the regionMost Inclusive: 80th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 90th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 96th in the regionNicest Citizens: 96th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 97th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 115th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 118th in the regionMost Developed: 128th in the regionBest Weather: 129th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 132nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 134th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 139th in the regionLargest Governments: 140th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 142nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 145th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 157th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 164th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 210th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 221st in the regionMost Secular: 222nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 233rd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 287th in the regionMost Cultured: 336th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 336th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 396th in the regionMost Influential: 422nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 481st in the regionNudest: 503rd in the region

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