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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,143rdMost Influential: 2,582ndLargest Publishing Industry: 4,763rd
The Dictionary of
Left-Leaning College State
We observe; therefore, we are...
John Koenig
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Obscure Sorrows

Population2.417 billion

LeaderJohn Koenig


The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by John Koenig with an even hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, absence of drug laws, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.417 billion Sorrowsians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nazarick. The average income tax rate is 90.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Sorrowsian economy, worth 342 trillion Minoes a year, is 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 141,650 Minoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government pours millions of Minoes into rehabilitation programs annually, with increasingly clear skies nobody seems to mind the electricity bill going through the roof, political satirists and late night comedians weep as the government begins cleaning up its act, and a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Obscure Sorrows's national animal is the lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Morii.

Obscure Sorrows is ranked 79,168th in the world and 3,020th in the South Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 69.81 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,143rdTop
Most Influential: 2,582ndLargest Publishing Industry: 4,763rdHealthiest Citizens: 4,792ndLongest Average Lifespans: 5,854thMost Developed: 6,320thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,487thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,295thSmartest Citizens: 7,653rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,680thBest Weather: 8,155thNicest Citizens: 8,216thMost Inclusive: 8,217thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,222ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,512thLargest Governments: 8,966thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,209thMost Efficient Economies: 10,237thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,256thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,294thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,709thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,776thLowest Crime Rates: 11,358thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,990thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 12,558thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,901stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,565thHighest Average Incomes: 16,186thMost Secular: 17,217thMost Cultured: 19,423rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,238th
Largest Publishing Industry: 123rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 158th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 196th in the regionMost Developed: 205th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 219th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 236th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 237th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 239th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 243rd in the regionLargest Governments: 251st in the regionBest Weather: 252nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 260th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 263rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 283rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 293rd in the regionMost Influential: 306th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 315th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 322nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 325th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 332nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 349th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 353rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 371st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 372nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 373rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 391st in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 425th in the regionRudest Citizens: 479th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 480th in the regionMost Cultured: 557th in the regionMost Secular: 590th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 683rd in the region

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