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The Rising Sun's Land of Yaorozu

“八百万神 天の安の河原に 神集ひ集ひて” Mikado

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The North Pacific



Population33.45 billion


CurrencyYaorozu yen
Animalgreen pheasant

The Rising Sun's Land of Yaorozu is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Mikado with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ban on automobiles, national health service, and aversion to nipples. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful population of 33.45 billion Yaorozu-no-tami are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Asuka. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Yaorozu economy, worth an astonishing 10,997 trillion Yaorozu yen 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 and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 328,774 Yaorozu yen, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's atlases tend to go out of date every few weeks, nations that kill a Yaorozu-no-tami can expect a strongly worded letter, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway, and politicians that report exaggerated crowd sizes for their speeches are dismissed for being delusional. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Yaorozu's national animal is the green pheasant, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Shinto.

Yaorozu is ranked 123rd in the world and 6th in The North Pacific for Most Patriotic, with 151.19 flags saluted per person per day.

Most Developed: 3rdLongest Average Lifespans: 4thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6thHealthiest Citizens: 6thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7thSafest: 9thLowest Crime Rates: 11thMost Beautiful Environments: 17thMost Cultured: 18thBest Weather: 21stMost Pacifist: 22ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 24thSmartest Citizens: 27thLeast Corrupt Governments: 38thHighest Food Quality: 79thMost Cheerful Citizens: 118thMost Patriotic: 123rdNicest Citizens: 134thMost Compassionate Citizens: 147thMost Advanced Public Education: 153rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 190thMost Influential: 194thLargest Governments: 236thMost Secular: 239thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 277thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 280thLargest Publishing Industry: 320thMost Stationary: 358thMost Valuable International Artwork: 372ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 427thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 495thHighest Economic Output: 496thMost Efficient Economies: 561stHighest Poor Incomes: 798thLargest Information Technology Sector: 822ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,036thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,297thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,437thHighest Average Incomes: 1,774thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,830thLargest Populations: 2,085thTop
Nudest: 7,129thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10,497thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 14,527thMost Authoritarian: 16,859th
Most Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Patriotic: 6th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 10th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14th in the regionMost Secular: 14th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17th in the regionMost Influential: 20th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 21st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 23rd in the regionLargest Populations: 31st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 35th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 37th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 44th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 47th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 57th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 63rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 66th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 72nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 81st in the regionTop
Nudest: 208th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 372nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 469th in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 976th in the region

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