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Most Influential: 979th Largest Soda Pop Sector: 1,638th Largest Mining Sector: 1,949th
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Sophista

Population8.4 billion

CapitalWhitecrest
LeaderChristian Morrow

Currencymenk
Animalgrey fox

The Federated States of Sophista is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Christian Morrow with a fair hand, and renowned for its public floggings, smutty television, and parental licensing program. The hard-nosed, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 8.4 billion Sophistans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The tiny, liberal, outspoken government is effectively ruled by the Department of Education, although Healthcare, Defense, and Welfare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Administration are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Whitecrest. The average income tax rate is 5.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Sophistan economy, worth a remarkable 1,343 trillion menks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Book Publishing, and Soda Sales. Average income is an impressive 159,952 menks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation is regarded as a paragon of democracy, nuclear physics is the most popular course at university, the nation's new Mylab space station is notorious for being the loneliest place above the planet, and the voyages of obsolete star-trekking satellites on deliberate escape orbits are only just beginning. Crime is totally unknown. Sophista's national animal is the grey fox.

Sophista is ranked 44,544th in the world and 1,161st in Osiris for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 3,701.2 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Most Influential: 979thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,638thTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 1,949thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,487thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,668thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,799thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,635thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,716thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,798thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,879thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,647thSmartest Citizens: 7,258thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,100thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 8,557thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,641stLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,791stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 10,291stMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,469thHighest Average Incomes: 10,675thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,426thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,964thMost Cultured: 14,694thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,838thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,628th
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Most Influential: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 69th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 97th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 116th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 124th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 149th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 179th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 182nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 195th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 209th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 210th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 232nd in the regionTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 288th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 304th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 325th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 327th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 350th in the regionMost Politically Free: 379th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 402nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 404th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 407th in the region

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