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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 990th Largest Welfare Programs: 1,263rd Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,329th
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Azania

Population6.346 billion

CapitalLutèce
LeaderPresident Heather Elke

Currencyrand
Animalhorse

The Republic of Azania is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by President Heather Elke with a fair hand, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, smutty television, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.346 billion Azanians 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, socially-minded, outspoken morass — prioritizes Education, although Environment, Welfare, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Defense receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lutèce. The average income tax rate is 96.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Azanian economy, worth 735 trillion rand a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 115,852 rand, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

President Heather Elke's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader, workers tend to schedule naps during all-hands meetings, the government is continually probing the galaxy in search of alien life, and cults that offer eternal life after death to those who follow a self-sacrificing saviour are frowned upon. Crime is totally unknown. Azania's national animal is the horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Azania is ranked 5,672nd in the world and 64th in Forest for Most Cultured, scoring 144 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,329thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,359thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,514thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,004thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,153rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,676thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,680thNicest Citizens: 3,855thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,181stMost Rebellious Youth: 4,392ndLargest Publishing Industry: 4,665thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,761stMost Developed: 5,362ndMost Subsidized Industry: 5,426thMost Cultured: 5,672ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,985thLargest Governments: 6,354thSmartest Citizens: 6,798thMost Pacifist: 7,686thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,959thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,233rdTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 8,988thMost Influential: 9,534thSafest: 9,547thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,984thMost Income Equality: 10,260thMost Inclusive: 10,534thNudest: 11,410thHealthiest Citizens: 11,960thMost Politically Free: 12,043rd
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 15th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 32nd in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 34th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 35th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 41st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 44th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 46th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 50th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 50th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 54th in the regionMost Developed: 55th in the regionNudest: 57th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 59th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 62nd in the regionLargest Governments: 62nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 63rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 63rd in the regionMost Cultured: 64th in the region

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