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Highest Crime Rates: 231st Most Armed: 413th Most Rebellious Youth: 1,049th
The Homosocial Republic of
Left-Leaning College State
A Republic of Brothers
Regional Influence
Handshaker
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Average

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The Homosocial Republic of Saint-Sebastian is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Rosko Alaska with an even hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, anti-smoking policies, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed population of 11.897 billion Saints enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The tiny government juggles the competing demands of Education, Social Policy, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stonewall. The average income tax rate is 1.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The enormous but inefficient Saintly economy, worth a remarkable 1,218 trillion Pink Pounds a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Information Technology. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 102,407 Pink Pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Drunk drivers are sent to rehabilitation paid for by the government, some Saintly athletes have defected to Blackacre after being denied the chance to compete in international sporting events, the government is spending millions on renovating the public transportation system, and the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Saint-Sebastian's national animal is the catamount, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Saint-Sebastian is ranked 64,092nd in the world and 160th in Gay for Most Income Equality, scoring 41.26 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Top
1%
Highest Crime Rates: 231stMost Armed: 413thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,049thMost Influential: 1,218thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,313thMost Secular: 1,495thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,686thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,750thTop
5%
Largest Retail Industry: 1,785thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,831stMost Avoided: 1,999thMost Inclusive: 2,798thSmartest Citizens: 3,207thLargest Black Market: 3,288thFattest Citizens: 3,522ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,945thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 5,341stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,633rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,076thMost Stationary: 7,566thHighest Economic Output: 8,150thTop
10%
Largest Populations: 9,702ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,513thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,116thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14,040thNudest: 14,096th
Top
5%
Highest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Armed: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 9th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9th in the regionTop
10%
Most Influential: 14th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionMost Secular: 15th in the regionLargest Black Market: 15th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 16th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 17th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 17th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 19th in the regionMost Stationary: 20th in the regionMost Average: 23rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Saint-Sebastian was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, the government is spending millions on renovating the public transportation system.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, some Saintly athletes have defected to Blackacre after being denied the chance to compete in international sporting events.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, drunk drivers are sent to rehabilitation paid for by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, a sledgehammer and a spray can are seen as the default tools of political debate.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, people who have had childhood imaginary friends are told they can't ever be trusted with guns.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, public loudspeakers constantly tell citizens they are "happy people".
  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, formerly fertile fields are being leached dry of nutrients by intensive farming.
  • : Following new legislation in Saint-Sebastian, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police.

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