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Highest Economic Output: 1,646thLargest Populations: 1,714thBest Weather: 1,892nd
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Nippon Shotou Teikoku

Population35.277 billion

Leaderthe Prime Minister
Faitha major religion


The Republic of Nippon Shotou Teikoku is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by the Prime Minister with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 35.277 billion Nippon Shotous enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tokyo. The average income tax rate is 61.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Nippon Shotou Teikokuan economy, worth a remarkable 6,440 trillion yen a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 182,562 yen, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Prime Minister's new door-knocking campaign has the sweet taste of success, students do more community service than homework, the official Nippon Shotou Teikokuan Phrase Book weighs as much as a small child, and pareidolic SETI scientists swear there's a message from aliens hidden within pi. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Nippon Shotou Teikoku's national animal is the ryu, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is a major religion.

Nippon Shotou Teikoku is ranked 192,272nd in the world and 4,473rd in Lazarus for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -8 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

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Most Beautiful Environments: 2,633rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,811thNicest Citizens: 2,975thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,071stMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,137thMost Influential: 3,241stHealthiest Citizens: 3,425thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,712thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,411thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,565thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,708thMost Developed: 4,721stSmartest Citizens: 4,793rdMost Stationary: 5,704thMost Cultured: 7,190thHighest Food Quality: 7,203rdSafest: 8,273rdLowest Crime Rates: 8,717thHighest Average Incomes: 9,377thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,744thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,982ndLargest Welfare Programs: 11,057thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,159thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,240thTop
Most Pacifist: 13,413thHighest Disposable Incomes: 15,059thLargest Governments: 15,143rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,963rdMost Efficient Economies: 18,108thMost Devout: 19,011thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22,194th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 25th in the regionMost Influential: 26th in the regionLargest Populations: 60th in the regionBest Weather: 68th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 75th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 86th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 104th in the regionMost Stationary: 119th in the regionNicest Citizens: 132nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 141st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 151st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 158th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 168th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 188th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 214th in the regionMost Developed: 215th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 217th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 225th in the regionTop
Highest Food Quality: 361st in the regionMost Cultured: 373rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 426th in the regionSafest: 441st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 452nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 481st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 580th in the regionMost Politically Free: 582nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 638th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 660th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 687th in the regionMost Pacifist: 687th in the region