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Most Efficient Economies: 203rd Most Rebellious Youth: 2,158th Largest Welfare Programs: 2,173rd
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Sondstead

Population20.912 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 sprawling nuclear power plants, smutty television, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 20.912 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 government prioritizes Education, although Industry, Environment, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Asteriopol. The average income tax rate is 95.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Sondsteadish economy, worth a remarkable 2,761 trillion Krons a year, is highly 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 132,073 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 2,173rd in the world and 2nd in Maredoratica for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 8,966.34 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Efficient Economies: 203rdTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 2,158thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,173rdMost Subsidized Industry: 2,755thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,021stLargest Publishing Industry: 3,056thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,087thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,186thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,221stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,436thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,454thMost Cultured: 3,624thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,728thHighest Economic Output: 3,860thSafest: 4,091stHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,149thMost Developed: 4,617thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,618thLargest Populations: 4,766thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,941stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,955thLargest Governments: 5,665thNicest Citizens: 5,966thMost Stationary: 6,513thMost Devout: 6,803rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,274thMost Influential: 7,389thSmartest Citizens: 7,637thTop
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Best Weather: 8,007thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,405thLowest Crime Rates: 11,182ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,333rdMost Pacifist: 12,507thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,016thMost Inclusive: 15,322ndHealthiest Citizens: 15,433rd
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Most Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Sondstead was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Sondstead was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Sondstead was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Inclusive.
  • : Sondstead was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Sondstead was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Following new legislation in Sondstead, government crews work tirelessly to retake the suburbs from organized packs of raccoons.
  • : Sondstead was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Sondstead, advertisements for jobs in the sciences run in fashion magazines.
  • : Following new legislation in Sondstead, Brancaland has gifted over nine thousand putrid moose carcasses to Sondstead as a reminder of their "special relationship".
  • : Following new legislation in Sondstead, no one is quite sure what many government officials look like.

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