by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 1,443rd Most Politically Free: 5,815th Most Devout: 9,136th
The Republic of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
May the Pasta be with you
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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The Republic of Holy Strainer is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Emma MacGuffin with a fair hand, and remarkable for its ban on automobiles, frequent executions, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 2.298 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 Welfare. The average income tax rate is 53.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Holy Strainerian economy, worth 81.3 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 35,369 Strainers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Prudishness is on the way out, only vaccinated citizens may have free healthcare, corporations donate huge sums of money to favored politicians, and libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. 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 141,445th in the world and 7,471st in The North Pacific for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 48,952.59 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Influential: 1,443rdTop
Most Politically Free: 5,815thTop
Most Devout: 9,136thBest Weather: 12,378th
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