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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,007thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,915thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,224th
The Socialist Federal Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
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Aqual

Population4.573 billion

CapitalToboso
LeaderDon Quijote

CurrencyQuel
AnimalFrog

The Socialist Federal Republic of Aqual is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Don Quijote with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, national health service, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.573 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, 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 88.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Aqualian economy, worth 213 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 46,731 Quels, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Write-in candidate 'Don Quijote Sucks' is perennially popular, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal, re-education centers are being added to most prisons, and the nation's school children are fluent in Klingon but lack basic mathematical skills. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aqual's national animal is the Frog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Aqual is ranked 197,945th in the world and 6,196th in Osiris for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -7.95 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,007thTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,915thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,224thMost Pacifist: 4,487thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,022ndNicest Citizens: 5,371stSafest: 5,622ndBest Weather: 5,715thMost Inclusive: 5,849thMost Cultured: 5,945thHighest Food Quality: 6,097thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,354thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,517thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,050thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,125thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,717thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 11,006thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,452ndHealthiest Citizens: 12,310thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,482ndLongest Average Lifespans: 15,418thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,126thSmartest Citizens: 18,380thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,476thMost Politically Free: 18,495thMost Influential: 21,481st
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 25th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 55th in the regionTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 173rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 193rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 194th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 208th in the regionNicest Citizens: 226th in the regionMost Politically Free: 233rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 248th in the regionBest Weather: 256th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 260th in the regionMost Cultured: 261st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 271st in the regionSafest: 280th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 369th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 427th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 478th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 546th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 554th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 560th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 575th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 658th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Aqual was endorsed by The Robotic Bending States of Wayneactia.
  • : Aqual was endorsed by The Power-Abusing Guardian of Federation of the Resentine Kingdom.
  • : Aqual was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Following new legislation in Aqual, the nation's school children are fluent in Klingon but lack basic mathematical skills.
  • : Following new legislation in Aqual, re-education centers are being added to most prisons.
  • : Following new legislation in Aqual, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in Aqual, write-in candidate 'Don Quijote Sucks' is perennially popular.
  • : Following new legislation in Aqual, bus ads propagandize causes ranging from sexual revolution to religious pogroms.
  • : Following new legislation in Aqual, prisoners have been known to host cooking and home décor television shows.
  • : Aqual lodged a message on the Osiris Regional Message Board.

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