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Most Secular: 1stLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd
The Ongoing State of
Democratic Socialists
We Are A Bush. Move Along.
Influence
Hermit
Founder
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
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Absentia

Population39.478 billion

CapitalThe Middle of Nowhere
Leaderyouse

Currencyerg
Animalcambot

The Ongoing State of Absentia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by youse with an even hand, and remarkable for its vat-grown people, prohibition of alcohol, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 39.478 billion Absentians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The tiny, corrupt government prioritizes Education, with Administration, Industry, and Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Middle of Nowhere. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Absentian economy, worth an astonishing 21,539 trillion ergs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 545,612 ergs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The ABI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays, legislators work 24/7 due to an influx of single-issue bills, extraordinary tribunals try accused financial criminals, and lobotomised jaywalkers can barely ambulate let alone repeat their offences. Crime is totally unknown. Absentia's national animal is the cambot, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Absentia is ranked 279th in the world and 1st in CDW Federation for Most Inclusive, scoring 572.77 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

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Most Secular: 1stLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rdSmartest Citizens: 11thHighest Economic Output: 67thHighest Disposable Incomes: 80thHighest Poor Incomes: 91stHealthiest Citizens: 115thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 148thMost Developed: 166thLongest Average Lifespans: 184thHighest Average Incomes: 217thLargest Populations: 224thMost Inclusive: 279thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 338thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 372ndHighest Food Quality: 445thLargest Publishing Industry: 508thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 524thMost Patriotic: 540thMost Rebellious Youth: 558thLargest Black Market: 621stMost Beautiful Environments: 672ndMost Efficient Economies: 818thRudest Citizens: 880thMost Stationary: 1,124thLargest Retail Industry: 1,303rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,771stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,772ndTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 2,434thLargest Governments: 2,875thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,153rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,841stMost Cultured: 6,211thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,623rdMost Influential: 8,442ndTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 13,684thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,238thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,913thMost Corrupt Governments: 20,328thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 22,482nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, lobotomised jaywalkers can barely ambulate let alone repeat their offences.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, extraordinary tribunals try accused financial criminals.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, legislators work 24/7 due to an influx of single-issue bills.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, the ABI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, you can say what you like about the genocidal murderers that rule Absentia but at least the trains run on time.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, the nation's green cities are indeed concrete jungles.
  • : Absentia was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Democratic Socialists".
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, ministers browse Alright! magazine for fashion tips.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, no one believes anything until it has been strenuously tested and peer-reviewed.

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