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Most Devout: 1,334th Least Corrupt Governments: 1,455th Most Influential: 1,785th
The Most Serene Republic of
New York Times Democracy
Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem
Influence
Handshaker
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Superb

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Blandings and Fenwick

Population16.2 billion

CapitalIckenham
LeaderHis Supremely Eirenic Eminence

Currencyfranc
Animalgreen monster

The Most Serene Republic of Blandings and Fenwick is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by His Supremely Eirenic Eminence with a fair hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, smutty television, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 16.2 billion Blandings and Fenwickians 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 minute, outspoken government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Spirituality, with Education also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ickenham. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.5%.

The strong Blandings and Fenwickian economy, worth a remarkable 1,779 trillion francs a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 109,820 francs, with the richest citizens earning 9.4 times as much as the poorest.

Children often explain to their parents that the Mega Ultimate Sword Fist was worth the thousand-franc charge on their phone bill, court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point, no one knows how to tie a reef knot, and calling dibs is an unalienable right. Crime is totally unknown. Blandings and Fenwick's national animal is the green monster, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Blandings and Fenwick is ranked 13,973rd in the world and 32nd in Texas for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 248.9 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most Devout: 1,334thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,455thTop
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Most Influential: 1,785thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,086thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,130thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,783rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,252ndHighest Economic Output: 5,676thLargest Populations: 6,132ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,422ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,080thTop
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Most Stationary: 8,849thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,263rdLargest Retail Industry: 9,464thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,558thSafest: 10,838thMost Cultured: 11,170thLargest Insurance Industry: 11,481stNudest: 12,795thSmartest Citizens: 13,635thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,973rdMost Beautiful Environments: 15,674thRudest Citizens: 16,940th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Devout: 8th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 12th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 12th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 16th in the region

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