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Most Rebellious Youth: 2,189thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,260thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,698th
The United Kingdom of
New York Times Democracy
BŁnden in Frordom
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Civil Rights
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Economy
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Sondstead

Population23.156 billion

CapitalAsteriopol
LeaderKing Christopher IX

CurrencyKron
AnimalElk

The United Kingdom of Sondstead is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by King Christopher IX with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 23.156 billion Sondsteaders 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 enormous, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Industry, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Asteriopol. The average income tax rate is 95.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Sondsteadish economy, worth a remarkable 3,056 trillion Krons a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 131,985 Krons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

No one is quite sure what many government officials look like, Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to Sondstead as a reminder of their "special relationship", advertisements for jobs in the sciences run in fashion magazines, and government crews work tirelessly to retake the suburbs from organized packs of raccoons. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sondstead's national animal is the Elk, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Sondstead is ranked 225,135th in the world and 8th in Maredoratica for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -30.79 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Rebellious Youth: 2,189thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,260thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,698thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,851stLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,075thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,205thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,234thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,508thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,551stMost Cultured: 3,591stSafest: 3,769thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,801stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,861stHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,026thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,153rdHighest Economic Output: 4,213thLargest Populations: 4,586thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,653rdMost Developed: 5,287thLargest Governments: 5,646thMost Stationary: 5,884thBest Weather: 6,681stNicest Citizens: 6,705thSmartest Citizens: 7,513thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,884thMost Devout: 8,152ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,354thMost Efficient Economies: 8,716thMost Influential: 9,278thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,460thLowest Crime Rates: 10,849thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,378thHealthiest Citizens: 15,353rdMost Inclusive: 16,964thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,112thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,352ndHighest Average Incomes: 18,394thMost Pacifist: 18,884th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sondstead was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : Sondstead was reclassified from "Liberal Democratic Socialists" to "New York Times Democracy".
  • : Sondstead was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Sondstead was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Sondstead was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Sondstead was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Sondstead was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs and Most Rebellious Youth, the Top 5% for Lowest Crime Rates, and the Top 10% for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Sondstead was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Sondstead was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Sondstead was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.

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