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Least Corrupt Governments: 223rdMost Pacifist: 329thSafest: 356th
The Olde Red Republic of
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From the ashes of old we rise (repeatedly)
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Neu California

Population10.478 billion

CapitalLos Angeles
LeaderAntonio Villaraigosa


The Olde Red Republic of Neu California is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Antonio Villaraigosa with a fair hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, keen interest in outer space, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 10.478 billion Neu Californians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Social Policy. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Los Angeles. The income tax rate is 100%.

The large but sluggish Neu Californian economy, worth 629 trillion Californias a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 60,124 Californias, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Pulling weeds is seen as a threat to national security, citizens ask "how many crooks could a nunchuck hook if a nun had nunchucks too?", ministers browse Alright! magazine for fashion tips, and parking lots are littered with coffee cups and doughnut crumbs. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Neu California's national animal is the Crow, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Neu California is ranked 2,081st in the world and 85th in Lazarus for Smartest Citizens, with 177.7 quips per hour.

Least Corrupt Governments: 223rdMost Pacifist: 329thSafest: 356thMost Cheerful Citizens: 450thNicest Citizens: 600thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 710thMost Compassionate Citizens: 717thHighest Average Tax Rates: 783rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 899thHealthiest Citizens: 900thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,018thBest Weather: 1,034thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,056thMost Cultured: 1,074thLargest Governments: 1,114thLowest Crime Rates: 1,606thHighest Food Quality: 1,662ndLongest Average Lifespans: 1,700thSmartest Citizens: 2,081stTop
Most Inclusive: 2,791stLargest Welfare Programs: 5,046thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,577thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,919thMost Income Equality: 8,495thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,442ndTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 14,255thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,656thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,035thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,824thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,842nd
Least Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionMost Pacifist: 12th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 13th in the regionSafest: 16th in the regionNicest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 32nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 33rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 37th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 39th in the regionBest Weather: 39th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 40th in the regionMost Cultured: 42nd in the regionLargest Governments: 50th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 67th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 71st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 85th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 87th in the regionMost Inclusive: 109th in the regionMost Income Equality: 189th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 260th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 298th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 469th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 489th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 567th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 680th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 832nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 864th in the region

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