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Eastern Starbowie

Population5.466 billion

LeaderRévolutionnaire Sylani
FaithNatural Violet


The New People's Democracy of Eastern Starbowie is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Révolutionnaire Sylani with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, triple-decker prams, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.466 billion Pokemon 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 medium-sized, outspoken government is effectively ruled by the Department of Healthcare, with Administration, Welfare, and Education also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bittleson. The average income tax rate is 21.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Starbowense economy, worth 141 trillion Shock-hearts a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 25,894 Shock-hearts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Robosexual marriages are increasingly common, doctors accused of having no heart reply that cardiology isn't their speciality, a ban on robots in disguise has transformed the entertainment industry, and ten-year-olds are applying for lemonade stand operator licences. Crime, especially youth-related, is moderate, probably because of the absence of a police force. Eastern Starbowie's national animal is the Pokemon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Natural Violet.

Eastern Starbowie is ranked 43,333rd in the world and 2,262nd in Balder for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 135.76 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 2,419thTop
Most Armed: 5,278thBest Weather: 5,863rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,204thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,407thHighest Food Quality: 8,048thHealthiest Citizens: 8,094thNicest Citizens: 8,152ndMost Cultured: 8,357thMost Inclusive: 8,638thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,766thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,260thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 17,217thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,861st
Least Corrupt Governments: 92nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 203rd in the regionMost Armed: 207th in the regionBest Weather: 269th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 339th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 343rd in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 384th in the regionMost Cultured: 386th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 386th in the regionNicest Citizens: 395th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 423rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 439th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 441st in the region

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