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New Saphire

Population6.268 billion

LeaderSven Schaefer

CurrencyTerran Credits
AnimalBurrowing Owl

The Kingdom of New Saphire is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Sven Schaefer with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 6.268 billion Saphireans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Berseheim. The average income tax rate is 91.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient New Saphirean economy, worth 735 trillion Terran Credits a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 117,270 Terran Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The dessert 'Death by Chocolate' isn't the most lethal dish on the menu, the government response to disaster victims starving for bread is "let them eat stale cake", the new airport at Mr. Giles' farm is panicking his sheep, and the question of 'what is Sven Schaefer's favorite color?' has been given a priority rating of burnt-orange. Crime is totally unknown. New Saphire's national animal is the Burrowing Owl, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Protestantism.

New Saphire is ranked 56,282nd in the world and 6th in Vermont for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,843rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,805thBest Weather: 3,410thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,709thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,131stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,213thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,923rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,304thMost Inclusive: 5,312thMost Cultured: 5,374thNicest Citizens: 5,568thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,670thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,906thMost Devout: 6,003rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,155thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,900thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,934thMost Pacifist: 7,297thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,345thHealthiest Citizens: 7,418thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,498thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,555thMost Developed: 8,594thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 9,456thMost Efficient Economies: 9,830thSmartest Citizens: 10,756thLargest Governments: 10,917thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,156thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,991stLowest Crime Rates: 18,167th
Longest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the region

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