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Quintessence of Dust

Population14.311 billion

CapitalHighmark City
LeaderPresident Natalia Kivistö


The Democratic States of Quintessence of Dust is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by President Natalia Kivistö with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and frequent executions. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 14.311 billion Quodites are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government prioritizes Education, although Healthcare, Social Policy, and Defense are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Highmark City. The average income tax rate is 98.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Quintessential economy, worth a remarkable 3,414 trillion sovereigns a year, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 238,603 sovereigns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Hipster cyclists declare that "metal is dead", toilet paper is considered a non-essential item in the embargo against Brasilistan, vital intelligence-gathering activities are often put on hold for Call of Honor tournaments, and power stations shutting down at night has made bedtime reading tricky. Crime is totally unknown. Quintessence of Dust's national animal is the hawk, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Quintessence of Dust is ranked 2,401st in the world and 8th in Wysteria for Highest Poor Incomes, with 190,611.11 Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 324thMost Advanced Public Education: 545thLeast Corrupt Governments: 647thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 648thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 745thSmartest Citizens: 774thLargest Publishing Industry: 801stMost Rebellious Youth: 991stSafest: 1,019thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,571stLargest Governments: 1,893rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,907thMost Cultured: 2,033rdMost Developed: 2,336thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,401stTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 3,545thMost Pacifist: 3,734thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,930thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,950thLowest Crime Rates: 4,085thNicest Citizens: 4,553rdHighest Average Incomes: 4,583rdHighest Food Quality: 4,657thHighest Economic Output: 4,830thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,916thHealthiest Citizens: 5,155thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,634thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,598thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,536thMost Efficient Economies: 8,500thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,341stMost Subsidized Industry: 11,297thMost Inclusive: 11,362ndTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 13,997thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,206thLargest Welfare Programs: 17,041stMost Patriotic: 18,090thMost Secular: 20,190thLargest Populations: 21,764th
Most Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the region

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