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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 273rd Largest Welfare Programs: 434th Most Advanced Public Education: 491st
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Population12.942 billion

LeaderChairman Redmond


The Commonwealth of Effazio is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Chairman Redmond with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 12.942 billion Effazians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Social Policy. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Arysoma. The average income tax rate is 99.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Effazian economy, worth a remarkable 2,014 trillion Crowns a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is solely comprised of the Book Publishing industry. Average income is an impressive 155,675 Crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

TV shows must meet strict ethnicity quotas, extreme political groups are outlawed, explicit slash fiction is repackaged for kindergarten kids as stories about friends cuddling friends, and solid-gold toilets are Effazian prisons' least expensive furnishings. Crime is totally unknown. Effazio's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Utilitarianism.

Effazio is ranked 169,013th in the world and 344th in Forest for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -970.48 on the Hayek Index.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 273rdLargest Welfare Programs: 434thMost Advanced Public Education: 491stMost Rebellious Youth: 577thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 652ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 763rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 857thLeast Corrupt Governments: 859thHighest Average Tax Rates: 902ndMost Developed: 1,078thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,107thMost Pacifist: 1,336thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,404thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,518thNicest Citizens: 1,522ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,543rdTop
Largest Governments: 1,721stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,787thMost Cultured: 1,891stSmartest Citizens: 1,983rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,020thHealthiest Citizens: 2,189thSafest: 2,213thBest Weather: 2,293rdLargest Publishing Industry: 3,128thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,761stMost Subsidized Industry: 3,888thMost Inclusive: 4,301stHighest Poor Incomes: 4,329thMost Influential: 5,749thHighest Economic Output: 5,924thNudest: 7,807thTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 11,144thHighest Average Incomes: 11,669thLargest Populations: 13,625thHighest Drug Use: 15,702ndMost Efficient Economies: 16,423rd
Largest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 13th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 14th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 20th in the regionLargest Governments: 24th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Pacifist: 25th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 26th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 28th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 28th in the regionNicest Citizens: 28th in the regionSafest: 30th in the regionMost Cultured: 30th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 32nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 33rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 33rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 34th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 34th in the regionNudest: 35th in the region

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