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The Kingfordian Republic of Kingsley Bedford

“Rising From The Flames”

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

Regional Influence: Dominator

Location: Novus Licentia Terra

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The Kingfordian Republic of Kingsley Bedford is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Mikhail Aruthyan jr with a fair hand, and renowned for its devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, intelligent population of 13.382 billion Kingfordians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Social Welfare. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sirushostan. The average income tax rate is 96%. A powerhouse of a private sector is dominated by the Book Publishing industry.

Teachers are routinely tested to keep their jobs, the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall, long arduous trials are held for the most trivial of offences, and citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kingsley Bedford's national animal is the Firebird, which is also the nation's favorite main course, its national religion is Christianity, and its currency is the Kingfordian Dram.

Kingsley Bedford is ranked 1st in Novus Licentia Terra and 670th in the world for Nicest Citizens, with 194 Smiles Per Hour (net).

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