by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 201stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 344thLargest Welfare Programs: 386th
The Community of
Left-wing Utopia
History repeats itself
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population14.835 billion


Animalhermit crab

The Community of Cenotaph is a gargantuan, genial nation, renowned for its keen interest in outer space, rampant corporate plagiarism, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 14.835 billion Cenotaphians 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, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cenodelphia. The average income tax rate is 99.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Cenotaphian economy, worth a remarkable 2,426 trillion C-Notes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 163,560 C-Notes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway, it is believed that belligerence is a passing phase foreign leaders will soon outgrow, sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed, and politicians "baring all" for the camera isn't always a figure of speech. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Cenotaph's national animal is the hermit crab, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Cenotaph is ranked 99,374th in the world and 234th in NationStates for Highest Drug Use, scoring 69 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 201stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 344thLargest Welfare Programs: 386thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 473rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 574thMost Cheerful Citizens: 662ndMost Advanced Public Education: 807thLeast Corrupt Governments: 839thMost Rebellious Youth: 860thMost Pacifist: 860thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 864thMost Developed: 946thMost Cultured: 1,087thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,122ndHealthiest Citizens: 1,179thNicest Citizens: 1,185thBest Weather: 1,281stMost Beautiful Environments: 1,330thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,368thSafest: 1,393rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,575thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,598thMost Inclusive: 1,640thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,799thLargest Governments: 2,051stMost Influential: 2,388thTop
Smartest Citizens: 3,080thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,552ndMost Efficient Economies: 5,507thHighest Economic Output: 6,369thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,593rdLowest Crime Rates: 9,172ndMost Stationary: 9,489thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,074thHighest Average Incomes: 11,440thNudest: 11,936thTop
Largest Populations: 16,283rdMost Income Equality: 18,036thMost Secular: 20,318thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,402nd
Most Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionMost Cultured: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 9th in the regionBest Weather: 10th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 10th in the regionSafest: 11th in the regionMost Income Equality: 16th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 19th in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 29th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 29th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 33rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 43rd in the region

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