by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,776th Least Corrupt Governments: 2,597th Safest: 3,494th
The Commonwealth of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
To rebel is justified
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Excessive

Overview People Government Economy Rank Trend

The Commonwealth of Cairnben is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by the Commonwealth Council with a fair hand, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, fear of technology, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.536 billion Cairnbenians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nubierth. The average income tax rate is 83.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Cairnbenian economy, worth 224 trillion bretzels a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 88,678 bretzels, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity, invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days, RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept, and the nation is known as the cheapskates of The North Pacific. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cairnben's national animal is the hummingbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Cairnben is ranked 89,543rd in the world and 4,806th in The North Pacific for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 102,581.14 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,776thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,597thSafest: 3,494thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,628thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,561stMost Rebellious Youth: 5,616thMost Politically Free: 5,634thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,277thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,626thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,837thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,171stMost Pacifist: 7,684thNicest Citizens: 7,909thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 8,449thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,695thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,005thMost Cultured: 10,937thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,450thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,590thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,642ndMost Inclusive: 12,004thSmartest Citizens: 12,984thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,467thMost Influential: 13,734thBest Weather: 13,801stMost Developed: 14,039thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,037thHealthiest Citizens: 16,123rdMost Income Equality: 16,414th
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Most Politically Free: 118th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 126th in the regionSafest: 170th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 203rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 209th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 212th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 234th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 273rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 327th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 373rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 378th in the regionMost Pacifist: 392nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 427th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 449th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 463rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 474th in the regionMost Cultured: 502nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 524th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 570th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 587th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 645th in the regionBest Weather: 724th in the regionMost Inclusive: 731st in the regionLargest Governments: 741st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 744th in the regionMost Developed: 755th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 845th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Cairnben, the nation is known as the cheapskates of The North Pacific.
  • : Following new legislation in Cairnben, RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept.
  • : Following new legislation in Cairnben, invasive drug testing is now performed at elementary school sports days.
  • : Following new legislation in Cairnben, Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity.
  • : Following new legislation in Cairnben, worried-looking neonatal nurses are being deployed in place of SWAT teams during dangerous drug busts.
  • : Following new legislation in Cairnben, prolonged government investigations are a common revenge tactic among spurned spouses.
  • : Cairnben was endorsed by The Grand and Most Serene Duchy of Unimaginable Doom.
  • : Cairnben was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Following new legislation in Cairnben, Nubierth's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight.
  • : Cairnben's influence in The North Pacific rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".

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