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Most Secular: 1stMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd
The Ongoing State of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Absentia

Population38.311 billion

CapitalThe Middle of Nowhere
Leaderyouse

Currencyerg
Animalcambot

The Ongoing State of Absentia is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by youse with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, vat-grown people, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 38.311 billion Absentians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The tiny, corrupt government prioritizes Education, with Industry, Administration, and Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Middle of Nowhere. The average income tax rate is 8.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Absentian economy, worth an astonishing 20,546 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, fairly diversified 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 536,305 ergs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars, the news is showing footage of youse bullying an old man to the point of tears, transgender and agender are on the education agenda, and pareidolic SETI scientists swear there's a message from aliens hidden within pi. Crime is totally unknown. Absentia's national animal is the cambot, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Absentia is ranked 26,710th in the world and 1st in CDW Federation for Most Corrupt Governments, with 48.42 Kickbacks Per Hour.

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Most Secular: 1stMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rdSmartest Citizens: 10thHighest Economic Output: 69thHighest Poor Incomes: 108thHighest Disposable Incomes: 127thHealthiest Citizens: 132ndMost Developed: 151stLongest Average Lifespans: 171stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 182ndHighest Average Incomes: 222ndLargest Populations: 223rdMost Efficient Economies: 285thMost Inclusive: 289thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 437thMost Rebellious Youth: 476thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 538thLargest Publishing Industry: 599thMost Beautiful Environments: 709thRudest Citizens: 739thLargest Black Market: 839thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,050thLargest Governments: 1,071stMost Stationary: 1,164thLargest Retail Industry: 1,436thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,164thLargest Mining Sector: 2,243rdTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,810thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,540thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,564thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,816thSafest: 4,353rdMost Cultured: 4,718thLowest Crime Rates: 6,221stMost Pacifist: 7,574thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,703rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,027thMost Influential: 8,662ndTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,364th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, pareidolic SETI scientists swear there's a message from aliens hidden within pi.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, transgender and agender are on the education agenda.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, the news is showing footage of youse bullying an old man to the point of tears.
  • : Absentia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protected Working Leave".
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, a sledgehammer and a spray can are seen as the default tools of political debate.
  • : Absentia was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, doctors prescribe medicines but they rarely dispense hope or compassion.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, the government has adopted a "Lightning Never Strikes Twice" approach to dealing with natural disasters.
  • : Following new legislation in Absentia, only native-born Absentians who have never left the nation are permitted to run for office.

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