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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,192ndLargest Welfare Programs: 1,618thMost Influential: 1,764th
The People's Republic of
Corrupt Dictatorship
With the blood of the martyrs, our flag is red.
Influence
Vassal
Minister of Information
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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New Samon

Population3.155 billion

CapitalWhalingrad
Leaderthe Revolutionary Council of New Samon

Currencypearl
Animalfish

The People's Republic of New Samon is a massive, safe nation, ruled by the Revolutionary Council of New Samon with an iron fist, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, daily referendums, and state-planned economy. The compassionate, cynical population of 3.155 billion Samons are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Whalingrad. The average income tax rate is 95.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Samonian economy, worth 384 trillion pearls 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 Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 121,963 pearls, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children crying over dropped ice creams are offered high doses of experimental antidepressants, conspiracy theorists allege that the government is spying on them through their carbon monoxide detectors, people can't decide between preserving forests and buying print copies of 'Dogman Versus The Giggler', and community organizers have given up going door to door because nobody is home. Crime is totally unknown. New Samon's national animal is the fish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

New Samon is ranked 12,868th in the world and 98th in The Leftist Assembly for Lowest Crime Rates, with 90 law-abiding acts per hour.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,192ndLargest Welfare Programs: 1,618thMost Influential: 1,764thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,124thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,185thTop
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Most Inclusive: 2,623rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,020thNicest Citizens: 3,399thHighest Food Quality: 4,215thMost Pacifist: 4,233rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,456thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,971stBest Weather: 4,981stMost Advanced Public Education: 4,982ndLongest Average Lifespans: 5,079thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,724thMost Developed: 6,217thHealthiest Citizens: 6,476thLargest Governments: 7,319thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,416thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,767thMost Cultured: 9,170thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,250thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,308thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,342ndSmartest Citizens: 9,476thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,578thMost Secular: 11,120thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,463rdTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 12,868thMost Income Equality: 13,800thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,901stLargest Publishing Industry: 17,474thMost Efficient Economies: 19,549thHighest Average Incomes: 22,996th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 20th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 23rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 23rd in the regionMost Influential: 28th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 28th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 41st in the regionMost Inclusive: 41st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 46th in the regionNicest Citizens: 49th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 49th in the regionBest Weather: 50th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 50th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 51st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 52nd in the regionMost Stationary: 56th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 57th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 59th in the regionMost Pacifist: 62nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 62nd in the regionMost Cultured: 64th in the regionLargest Governments: 65th in the region

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