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Most Primitive: 29thMost Ignorant Citizens: 79thMost Devout: 308th
The Territory of
Democratic Socialists
Viva Effluvium!
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Good

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Effluvium

Population9.328 billion

CapitalVan Allen
LeaderVeronica Peebles
FaithTranscendental Obliteration

Currencywarbler
Animalpepperoni

The Territory of Effluvium is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Veronica Peebles with an even hand, and renowned for its lack of airports, rampant corporate plagiarism, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 9.328 billion Effluviumians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The minute, corrupt, socially-minded government, or what there is of one, is dominated by the Department of Environment, although Spirituality is also considered important, while Education and Healthcare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Van Allen. Income tax is unheard of.

The very strong Effluviumian economy, worth 183 trillion warblers a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Basket Weaving. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 19,721 warblers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The country routinely whitewashes uncomfortable parts of its history, an aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time, the government's new "quiet competence" initiative has supporters and detractors alike reeling in confusion, and women wear burqas to avoid unwanted male attention. Crime is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Effluvium's national animal is the pepperoni, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Transcendental Obliteration.

Effluvium is ranked 259,761st in the world and 11,494th in The North Pacific for Smartest Citizens, with 0.16 quips per hour.

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Most Primitive: 29thMost Ignorant Citizens: 79thMost Devout: 308thBest Weather: 475thMost Avoided: 516thHighest Crime Rates: 650thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 866thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,178thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,258thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,722ndTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 3,600thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,666thNudest: 5,483rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,354thMost Armed: 8,805thTop
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Largest Black Market: 15,851st
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Most Primitive: 2nd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Devout: 19th in the regionMost Avoided: 25th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 28th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 28th in the regionBest Weather: 36th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 51st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 58th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 62nd in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 165th in the regionNudest: 167th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 189th in the regionMost Armed: 248th in the regionLargest Black Market: 331st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 466th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 665th in the regionRudest Citizens: 880th in the regionMost Stationary: 882nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Effluvium, women wear burqas to avoid unwanted male attention.
  • : Following new legislation in Effluvium, the government's new "quiet competence" initiative has supporters and detractors alike reeling in confusion.
  • : Following new legislation in Effluvium, an aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time.
  • : Following new legislation in Effluvium, the country routinely whitewashes uncomfortable parts of its history.
  • : Following new legislation in Effluvium, houses and businesses are bulldozed to make way for ever-expanding cemeteries.
  • : Effluvium was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • : Following new legislation in Effluvium, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections.
  • : Following new legislation in Effluvium, all judiciary cases are decided in the court of public opinion.
  • : Following new legislation in Effluvium, the number of deaths due to poor fungus identification is mushrooming.
  • : Following new legislation in Effluvium, Veronica Peebles's support among single young men has drooped slightly.

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