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Most Inclusive: 1,502nd Nicest Citizens: 1,653rd Most Cheerful Citizens: 1,665th
The Commonwealth of
Democratic Socialists
Liberum in pace
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Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Reftaria

Population3.803 billion

CapitalJacobs
LeaderLuke Carlton
FaithRoman Catholicism

Currencyreften
Animalosprey

The Commonwealth of Reftaria is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Luke Carlton with an even hand, and notable for its daily referendums, otherworldly petting zoo, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 3.803 billion Reftarians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Welfare, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Defense receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Jacobs. The average income tax rate is 55.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Reftarian economy, worth 590 trillion reftens a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 155,172 reftens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is a clear-cut case of tyranny by majority, gossip magazines have pictures of Luke Carlton sunbathing on the beach with political rivals, business owners return from long vacations to find their factories have been turned into homeless shelters, and government adverts say that twelve lashes a day keeps divine wrath at bay. Crime is totally unknown. Reftaria's national animal is the osprey, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Reftaria is ranked 1,665th in the world and 30th in The East Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 69.98 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Most Inclusive: 1,502ndNicest Citizens: 1,653rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,665thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,766thMost Pacifist: 2,247thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,312thMost Devout: 2,610thBest Weather: 2,648thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,716thLargest Retail Industry: 2,811thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,109thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,255thMost Cultured: 3,531stMost Influential: 3,646thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,680thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,643rdHighest Poor Incomes: 5,765thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,326thHighest Drug Use: 7,339thMost Developed: 7,947thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,303rdTop
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Smartest Citizens: 8,603rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11,429thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,685thHighest Average Incomes: 11,779thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,944thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,390thSafest: 12,718thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 14,511thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,324thNudest: 16,381stHighest Disposable Incomes: 16,495th
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 30th in the regionNicest Citizens: 40th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 46th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 48th in the regionMost Inclusive: 49th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 53rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 60th in the regionMost Devout: 61st in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 63rd in the regionBest Weather: 77th in the regionMost Cultured: 79th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 89th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 112th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 134th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 136th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 152nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 219th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 225th in the regionMost Developed: 233rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 241st in the regionMost Influential: 265th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 267th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 268th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 279th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 304th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 313th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 315th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 322nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 332nd in the regionNudest: 337th in the regionSafest: 394th in the regionLargest Governments: 436th in the regionLargest Populations: 438th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 451st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 561st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 574th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 574th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 582nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 611th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, government adverts say that twelve lashes a day keeps divine wrath at bay.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, business owners return from long vacations to find their factories have been turned into homeless shelters.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, gossip magazines have pictures of Luke Carlton sunbathing on the beach with political rivals.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, the government is a clear-cut case of tyranny by majority.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, skateboarding is considered a form of diplomacy.
  • : Reftaria was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed and Highest Drug Use.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, no one born in Reftaria can fix a leaky faucet.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, Luke Carlton wears a chewed-up rubber chicken suit to meet foreign delegates.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, all recreational drugs are legal.
  • : Following new legislation in Reftaria, trails to natural wonders are littered with trash from reality film crews.

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