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Most Politically Free: 5,120th Most Influential: 8,799th Best Weather: 13,777th
The Republic of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
May the Pasta be with you
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Fair
Political Freedom
Excessive

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Holy Strainer

Population3.902 billion

LeaderEmma MacGuffin
FaithReformed Pastafarianism

CurrencyStrainer
AnimalKoala

The Republic of Holy Strainer is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Emma MacGuffin with a fair hand, and remarkable for its frequent executions, anti-smoking policies, and national health service. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 3.902 billion Strainerians 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 large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Education, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 55.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Holy Strainerian economy, worth 141 trillion Strainers a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Furniture Restoration, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 36,350 Strainers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common, libraries have replaced overdue book fines with mandatory mental health assessments, books are so highly regarded in Holy Strainer that libraries are often revered as holy shrines, and the new iVote app allows representatives to vote on legislation by launching ill-tempered birds and matching candies. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Holy Strainer's national animal is the Koala, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Reformed Pastafarianism.

Holy Strainer is ranked 137,746th in the world and 6,825th in The North Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -6 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Politically Free: 5,120thTop
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Most Influential: 8,799thBest Weather: 13,777th
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Most Politically Free: 101st in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 768th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Holy Strainer, the new iVote app allows representatives to vote on legislation by launching ill-tempered birds and matching candies.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Strainer, books are so highly regarded in Holy Strainer that libraries are often revered as holy shrines.
  • : Holy Strainer was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Holy Strainer was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Strainer, libraries have replaced overdue book fines with mandatory mental health assessments.
  • : Holy Strainer's influence in The North Pacific fell from "Sprat" to "Minnow".
  • : Holy Strainer was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Compassionate Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Strainer, community-designed sword prostheses are becoming dangerously common.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Strainer, the government pours millions of Strainers into rehabilitation programs annually.
  • : Following new legislation in Holy Strainer, burning twigs to keep warm while lost in the wild is now a felony.

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