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Population8.129 billion


The Roman Imperial Federation of Pontianus is a colossal, cultured nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The democratic population of 8.129 billion Romans 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 71.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Roman economy, worth 325 trillion Lire a year, is highly specialized and led by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Woodchip Exports and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 40,024 Lire, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Teenagers performing appendectomies on their friends has become a popular schoolyard prank, government workers are regularly taken hostage by protesters, up to 40% of voters can finally read the issues they're deciding on, and the mining industry is making inroads into environmentally sensitive areas. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pontianus's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Pontianus is ranked 147,022nd in the world and 107th in Commonwealth of Liberty for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 637.36 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

Most Influential: 1,320thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 6,561stBest Weather: 8,488thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,237thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,368thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,432ndMost Stationary: 13,468thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,509thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,259th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 10th in the regionMost Influential: 10th in the regionMost Stationary: 12th in the regionBest Weather: 16th in the regionMost Income Equality: 17th in the region

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