The Element of
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The Element of Surprise is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Sir Prize with a fair hand, and notable for its absence of drug laws and self-igniting cars. The hard-working, democratic population of 9.453 billion surprises live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The medium-sized, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Environment, and Social Policy. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of anywhere. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 16.0%.

The strong surprised economy, worth 412 trillion shocks a year, is quite specialized and led by the Gambling industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Trout Farming. Average income is 43,654 shocks, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 423,255 per year while the poor average 217, a ratio of 1,948 to 1.

Mr Happy's Funland has just been named Surprise's new capital, Sir Prize has just been declared ruler of Surprise in an international press conference, and astonishment has been named as Surprise's national religion. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Surprise's national animal is the shark, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is astonishment.

Surprise is ranked 1,365th in 10000 Islands and 105,322nd in the world for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 6 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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