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Most Influential: 431st Largest Publishing Industry: 630th Most Rebellious Youth: 797th
The Commonwealth of
Left-wing Utopia
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Gervase

Population19.968 billion

CapitalPattonville
LeaderPresident Charles Journeycake

Currencyvatel
Animalowl

The Commonwealth of Gervase is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President Charles Journeycake with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, anti-smoking policies, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 19.968 billion Gervasians 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, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Healthcare, and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pattonville. The average income tax rate is 95.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Gervasian economy, worth a remarkable 2,856 trillion vatels a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 143,040 vatels, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Stylish juvenile delinquents are highly overrepresented in fatal motorcycle accidents, bored politicians often entertain themselves with games of Simon during important votes, tourists are forbidden to enter Native Gervasian lands, and veteran cops reminisce over their heavy armor days. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Gervase's national animal is the owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Gervase is ranked 898th in the world and 8th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Most Influential: 431stLargest Publishing Industry: 630thMost Rebellious Youth: 797thMost Efficient Economies: 898thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2,200thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,360thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,419thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,444thSafest: 2,579thMost Developed: 2,751stMost Subsidized Industry: 2,897thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,904thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,033rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,051stMost Stationary: 3,226thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,239thMost Cultured: 3,448thSmartest Citizens: 3,491stMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,498thHighest Economic Output: 3,562ndLongest Average Lifespans: 3,802ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,025thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,037thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,026thLargest Populations: 5,066thLargest Governments: 5,098thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,495thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,027thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,270thMost Pacifist: 8,078thBest Weather: 8,748thTop
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Nudest: 8,845thNicest Citizens: 10,214thHighest Average Incomes: 14,415thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,797thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,893rdMost Devout: 16,229th
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Most Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 14th in the regionMost Devout: 17th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 18th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 22nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 24th in the regionSafest: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 26th in the regionMost Cultured: 26th in the regionMost Developed: 27th in the regionLargest Governments: 29th in the regionNudest: 29th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 29th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 30th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 32nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 32nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 33rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 33rd in the region

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