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Most Primitive: 7,569thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,143rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 21,507th
The Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Willem de Kooning | #1
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Few

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Interchange

Population1.446 billion

Currencydollar
Animalunicorn

The Republic of Interchange is a massive, safe nation, notable for its compulsory military service, prohibition of alcohol, and punitive income tax rates. The cynical population of 1.446 billion Interchangeans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 51.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Interchangean economy, worth 63.3 trillion dollars a year, is led by the Trout Farming industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Basket Weaving, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 43,751 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

The weather in Interchange City is always 'pigeons with a chance of droppings', diners regard burgers made from mechanically reclaimed cow protein as "proper meat", the education system is being cleansed of all corporate influence, and private pharmacies close down as medicinal drugs are given away freely by the government. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Interchange's national animal is the unicorn, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Interchange is ranked 55,876th in the world and 15th in NationStates Museum of Art for Best Weather, with 112 meters of sunlight.

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Most Primitive: 7,569thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,143rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 21,507thMost Ignorant Citizens: 22,749th
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Patriotic: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9th in the regionMost Primitive: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 11th in the regionMost Extreme: 13th in the regionBest Weather: 15th in the regionLargest Black Market: 20th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20th in the regionNudest: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 22nd in the regionMost Conservative: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 31st in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 44th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 52nd in the regionSafest: 54th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 56th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Interchange changed its national motto to "Willem de Kooning | #1".
  • : Following new legislation in Interchange, private pharmacies close down as medicinal drugs are given away freely by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Interchange, the education system is being cleansed of all corporate influence.
  • : Following new legislation in Interchange, diners regard burgers made from mechanically reclaimed cow protein as "proper meat".
  • : Following new legislation in Interchange, the weather in Interchange City is always 'pigeons with a chance of droppings'.
  • : Following new legislation in Interchange, the question of 'what is Leader's favorite color?' has been given a priority rating of burnt-orange.
  • : Following new legislation in Interchange, the Holy Office of the Inquisition is the highest court in the land.
  • : Following new legislation in Interchange, nobody looks each other in the eye at neighborhood block parties any more.
  • : Following new legislation in Interchange, officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Interchange, the government is buying children's books by the thousands.

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