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Least Corrupt Governments: 2,632ndMost Pacifist: 3,091stMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,338th
The Socialist Federal Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Suena el triunfo de nuestra emancipación
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population6.609 billion

LeaderDon Quijote


The Socialist Federal Republic of Aqual is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Don Quijote with a fair hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, ban on automobiles, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.609 billion Aqualias 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Toboso. The average income tax rate is 92.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Aqualian economy, worth 412 trillion Quels a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. Average income is 62,415 Quels, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

High school bands practice by moonlight, the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass", cheese lovers have a case of the bleus, and anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper. Crime is totally unknown. Aqual's national animal is the Frog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Aqual is ranked 283,886th in the world and 10,470th in Osiris for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -12.96 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 2,632ndTop
Most Pacifist: 3,091stMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,338thMost Inclusive: 3,386thNicest Citizens: 3,661stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,721stBest Weather: 3,749thHighest Food Quality: 3,872ndMost Beautiful Environments: 4,245thMost Cultured: 4,426thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,990thSafest: 5,196thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,291stLargest Welfare Programs: 5,975thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,992ndMost Influential: 7,900thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,402ndHealthiest Citizens: 8,428thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,090thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,283rdLongest Average Lifespans: 10,462ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,609thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,189thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,211thTop
Smartest Citizens: 15,095thLargest Governments: 15,961stMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,369thMost Income Equality: 18,560thLowest Crime Rates: 24,807th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 14th in the regionMost Influential: 67th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 112th in the regionMost Pacifist: 130th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 139th in the regionMost Inclusive: 141st in the regionBest Weather: 148th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 160th in the regionNicest Citizens: 164th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 178th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 181st in the regionMost Cultured: 213th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 230th in the regionSafest: 275th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 323rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 363rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 429th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 434th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 452nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 461st in the regionMost Income Equality: 527th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 564th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 650th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 720th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 738th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 786th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 790th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 831st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 854th in the regionLargest Governments: 889th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Aqual was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Aqual, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper.
  • : Following new legislation in Aqual, cheese lovers have a case of the bleus.
  • : Following new legislation in Aqual, the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass".
  • : Aqual endorsed The Republic of Osterai.
  • : Aqual was endorsed by The Republic of Osterai.
  • : Following new legislation in Aqual, high school bands practice by moonlight.
  • : Following new legislation in Aqual, it's been a banner year for local vexillology.
  • : Aqual was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Aqual, elections have become procedural nightmares due to voters persistently rejecting candidates.