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Most Efficient Economies: 98th Most Cheerful Citizens: 285th Nicest Citizens: 321st
The United Commonwealth of
Left-wing Utopia
Serrin fid Halren
Regional Influence
Hermit
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The United Commonwealth of Cortal is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Prime Minister Sam Dziewietin with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 13.295 billion Cortalians 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 large, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Social Policy, and Industry also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sorce Mosto. The average income tax rate is 93.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cortalian economy, worth a remarkable 2,216 trillion Colats a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 166,688 Colats, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping, it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma, citizens cannot change their light bulbs without approval from an international committee, and the ongoing space elevator construction project has elevated the national debt to all new levels. Crime is totally unknown. Cortal's national animal is the American Kestrel, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Cortalian Draconism.

Cortal is ranked 149,667th in the world and 1st in The Community of Truant Mountaineers for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring zero on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

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Most Efficient Economies: 98thMost Cheerful Citizens: 285thNicest Citizens: 321stMost Compassionate Citizens: 384thMost Pacifist: 490thHealthiest Citizens: 779thBest Weather: 791stLongest Average Lifespans: 954thMost Developed: 965thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,183rdMost Advanced Public Education: 1,238thMost Cultured: 1,378thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,477thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,548thTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 1,735thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,885thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,929thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,264thSmartest Citizens: 2,459thSafest: 3,290thHighest Economic Output: 3,760thLowest Crime Rates: 4,505thMost Inclusive: 4,634thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,667thLargest Governments: 4,996thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,140thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,026thMost Devout: 6,590thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,844thLargest Populations: 8,115thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 8,252ndHighest Average Incomes: 8,305thMost Income Equality: 8,602ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,907th

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