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Most Influential: 3,721stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,164thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,422nd
The People's Republic of
Democratic Socialists
I rebel; therefore I exist
Civil Rights
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Political Freedom
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Absurd Land

Population1.155 billion

LeaderPresident Kafka

AnimalBlack Sheep

The People's Republic of Absurd Land is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by President Kafka with an even hand, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, daily referendums, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate population of 1.155 billion Absurd Landians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kierkegaard. The average income tax rate is 89.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Absurd Landian economy, worth 135 trillion Bitcoins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 117,693 Bitcoins, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The importance of winning Olympic gold medals is indoctrinated from an early age, the nation turns a blind eye to human rights abuses in its quest for athletic supremacy, internet searches for the inventor of the three-wheeled steam-powered Absurd Landian weed picker are way up, and the new 'Things We Stole From Other Countries' exhibition at the National Museum of Antiquities is a hit. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Absurd Land's national animal is the Black Sheep, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Existentialism.

Absurd Land is ranked 210,396th in the world and 275th in The Internationale for Largest Retail Industry, scoring -12.39 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 3,721stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,164thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,422ndSafest: 5,956thMost Pacifist: 6,440thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,966thMost Inclusive: 7,187thNicest Citizens: 7,216thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,250thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,375thMost Developed: 8,756thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,998thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,115thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,277thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,464thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,881stHighest Poor Incomes: 10,140thLeast Corrupt Governments: 10,223rdLongest Average Lifespans: 10,297thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,570thTop
Most Cultured: 11,137thLowest Crime Rates: 11,269thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,320thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,832ndSmartest Citizens: 12,327thHealthiest Citizens: 12,370thBest Weather: 12,558thLargest Governments: 13,208thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,078thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,392ndMost Secular: 15,519thMost Subsidized Industry: 18,332ndMost Income Equality: 19,085thMost Efficient Economies: 20,881st
Most Influential: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionTop
Most Average: 32nd in the region

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