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The Democratic Republic of Xoas

“What is the square root of negative one?”

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

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: The Free Nations Region

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Xoas

Population795 million

CapitalHyperbola
LeaderGus The Homeless

CurrencyFractals
AnimalEchidna

The Democratic Republic of Xoas is a huge, safe nation, ruled by Gus The Homeless with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, complete lack of prisons, and daily referendums. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 795 million Xoasians 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 medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hyperbola. The average income tax rate is 43.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Xoasian economy, worth 100 trillion Fractals a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 126,577 Fractals, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

The state believes that nature-oriented summer camps will somehow solve youth crime, children aren't allowed to chew their pencils until they get home from school, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss, and almost all of the nation's water is piped into the country from abroad for exorbitant prices. Crime is totally unknown. Xoas's national animal is the Echidna, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Xoas is ranked 57,691st in the world and 121st in The Free Nations Region for Most Pacifist, with 88.78 Cheeks Turned Per Day.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 2,643rdLargest Retail Industry: 3,725thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,945thRudest Citizens: 4,069thLargest Mining Sector: 4,763rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,365thFattest Citizens: 7,143rdTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,464thMost Avoided: 8,827thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,270thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,171stMost Efficient Economies: 11,948thMost Influential: 12,919thNicest Citizens: 13,090thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,155thHighest Disposable Incomes: 13,184thHighest Drug Use: 13,699thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,712thSafest: 14,260th
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Largest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 6th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionRudest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Avoided: 11th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12th in the regionFattest Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13th in the regionTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 21st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 24th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Xoas, almost all of the nation's water is piped into the country from abroad for exorbitant prices.
  • : Following new legislation in Xoas, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss.
  • : Following new legislation in Xoas, children aren't allowed to chew their pencils until they get home from school.
  • : Following new legislation in Xoas, the state believes that nature-oriented summer camps will somehow solve youth crime.
  • : Following new legislation in Xoas, souvenir shops that sell alphorns are taking advantage of gullible tourists.
  • : Following new legislation in Xoas, military barracks resemble five-star hotels.
  • : Following new legislation in Xoas, government adverts say that twelve lashes a day keeps divine wrath at bay.
  • : Following new legislation in Xoas, even religious militants can be swayed by the power of #love.
  • : Following new legislation in Xoas, family isn't who you're born with but who you abandon in foreign countries.
  • : Following new legislation in Xoas, asking a cutie their star sign is always met with withering scorn.

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