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The Most Serene Republic of Spadestan

“Live and let live, but don't let the bailifs in.”

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

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: The North Pacific

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The Most Serene Republic of Spadestan is a gargantuan, economically powerful nation, ruled by Leader with a fair hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 11.073 billion Spadestanians 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, Healthcare, and Commerce. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Spadestan City. The average income tax rate is 86%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Tourism industry, followed by Book Publishing and Gambling.

Most governmental positions are filled by zealous nationalists, a survey of the nation's rivers and children has shown that pesticide levels are at an all-time regional high, Animal Liberationists are regularly jailed, and Red Cross demand for body bags is rising while sutures go unused. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Spadestan's national animal is the giraffe, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its currency is the Spendme.

Spadestan is ranked 92nd in The North Pacific and 5,295th in the world for Rudest Citizens, with 96.6 Insults Per Minute (net).

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