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Highest Drug Use: 1,709th Most Influential: 2,366th Least Corrupt Governments: 2,652nd
The Optimist People's Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
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Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population6.335 billion

Leaderthe Regional Council

Animalblack bear

The Optimist People's Republic of Akohos is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by the Regional Council with a fair hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, national health service, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 6.335 billion Akohosians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Anastas. The average income tax rate is 90.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Akohosian economy, worth 598 trillion rskonas a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 94,425 rskonas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home, the nation's reinforced coffee tables are constructed to survive an atomic blast, preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance, and pocket calculators are seen as status symbols for the ostentatiously wealthy. Crime is totally unknown. Akohos's national animal is the black bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Akohos is ranked 23,848th in the world and 28th in The Versutian Federation for Highest Economic Output, with 598 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Highest Drug Use: 1,709thTop
Most Influential: 2,366thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,652ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,719thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,772ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,243rdBest Weather: 4,285thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,435thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,498thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4,743rdMost Rebellious Youth: 5,285thNicest Citizens: 5,516thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,150thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,370thMost Inclusive: 6,445thNudest: 6,838thMost Pacifist: 7,018thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,104thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,150thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,024thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,228thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,663rdTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 9,356thMost Cultured: 9,869thSmartest Citizens: 10,827thLargest Governments: 11,428thSafest: 12,826thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,279th
Highest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionNudest: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionMost Extreme: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Akohos resigned from the World Assembly.
  • : Akohos endorsed The Armed Republic of Asairia.
  • : Akohos was admitted to the World Assembly.
  • : Akohos applied to join the World Assembly.
  • : Akohos resigned from the World Assembly.
  • : Akohos was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Following new legislation in Akohos, pocket calculators are seen as status symbols for the ostentatiously wealthy.
  • : Akohos was admitted to the World Assembly.
  • : Akohos applied to join the World Assembly.
  • : Akohos resigned from the World Assembly.


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