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Most Secular: 373rdLargest Welfare Programs: 1,142ndMost Advanced Public Education: 1,336th
The Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
La volontÓ del popolo Ŕ la legge suprema
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Population12.582 billion

LeaderGovernor Paolo Argentieri


The Republic of Courelli is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Governor Paolo Argentieri with a fair hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, daily referendums, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 12.582 billion Courellians 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Leoncavallo. The average income tax rate is 98.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Courellian economy, worth a remarkable 2,468 trillion Callas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 196,206 Callas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Excited shovel-bearing geeks wander the countryside, passengers often cause a stink on public transport, government expenses are beyond compare, and many friends and relatives of Governor Paolo Argentieri have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations. Crime is totally unknown. Courelli's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Dalinism.

Courelli is ranked 300,861st in the world and 212th in The Social Liberal Union for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 18.07 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

Most Secular: 373rdLargest Welfare Programs: 1,142ndMost Advanced Public Education: 1,336thMost Inclusive: 1,678thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,902ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,034thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,106thNicest Citizens: 2,241stHighest Food Quality: 2,348thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,368thMost Developed: 2,386thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,390thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,548thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,650thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,710thLargest Governments: 2,768thSmartest Citizens: 2,777thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,799thMost Influential: 3,002ndTop
Most Pacifist: 3,117thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,393rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,463rdMost Cultured: 3,551stMost Rebellious Youth: 3,589thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,814thBest Weather: 4,062ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,091stMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,755thHealthiest Citizens: 4,899thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,748thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,457thSafest: 6,602ndLowest Crime Rates: 6,685thMost Efficient Economies: 6,994thHighest Economic Output: 7,893rdHighest Average Incomes: 8,517thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,075thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 25,847thLargest Publishing Industry: 27,709thLargest Populations: 28,611th
Most Secular: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 7th in the regionMost Stationary: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 8th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 9th in the regionLargest Governments: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11th in the regionMost Inclusive: 11th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 11th in the regionTop
Most Patriotic: 12th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 12th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 12th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 13th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 14th in the regionMost Cultured: 14th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 15th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 15th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 16th in the regionNicest Citizens: 16th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 17th in the regionBest Weather: 18th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 19th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 20th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Pacifist: 22nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 22nd in the region

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