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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,742ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,602ndBest Weather: 5,060th
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Arcanda

Population13.812 billion

CapitalTokyo
LeaderPrime Minister Nobusuke Kishi

Currencyyen
AnimalCrane

The Japan of Arcanda is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi with a fair hand, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 13.812 billion Japanese enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tokyo. The average income tax rate is 91.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Japanese economy, worth a remarkable 1,563 trillion yen a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Automobile Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 113,200 yen, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

4-year-olds studying for their mathematics exams are anxious that they will be unemployable in adulthood if they fail, supervisors in Arcanda commonly tie bells on their necks to alert employees of their presence, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections, and prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Arcanda's national animal is the Crane, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Arcanda is ranked 6,508th in the world and 4th in The Roleplay Chessboard for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 4,018.13 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,742ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,602ndBest Weather: 5,060thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,078thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,858thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,186thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,508thMost Developed: 7,103rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,278thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,353rdMost Subsidized Industry: 7,783rdLongest Average Lifespans: 8,111thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,134thSmartest Citizens: 10,060thLargest Governments: 10,992ndHighest Economic Output: 11,035thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 12,933rdLowest Crime Rates: 13,268thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,315thMost Efficient Economies: 15,006thMost Rebellious Youth: 15,948thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,459thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,928thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,266thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,723rdLargest Populations: 18,809thMost Cultured: 20,444thLeast Corrupt Governments: 21,598th
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Largest Populations: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the regionMost Stationary: 7th in the region

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