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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 532nd Most Efficient Economies: 684th Largest Publishing Industry: 852nd
The Most Serene Republic of
New York Times Democracy
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword.
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population8.013 billion

CapitalSouthland City
LeaderChancellor Coretta Long

CurrencySouthland Dollar

The Most Serene Republic of Southland is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Chancellor Coretta Long with a fair hand, and renowned for its strictly enforced bedtime, sprawling nuclear power plants, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 8.013 billion Southlanders 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 medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Southland City. The average income tax rate is 87.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Southlander economy, worth a remarkable 1,606 trillion Southland Dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 200,487 Southland Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space, crime suspects are forced to submit to blood testing, the new coalition government is so large nobody knows where it begins, and government officials sit helplessly as they are labelled 'Pompous Womples' by celebrities. Crime is totally unknown. Southland's national animal is the Orca, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Southland is ranked 9,519th in the world and 491st in Lazarus for Most Inclusive, scoring 179.19 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 532ndMost Efficient Economies: 684thLargest Publishing Industry: 852ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,258thMost Developed: 1,676thTop
Most Cultured: 1,808thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,090thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,130thSmartest Citizens: 2,276thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,879thHealthiest Citizens: 2,918thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,101stLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,132ndNicest Citizens: 3,458thMost Pacifist: 3,530thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,621stLargest Governments: 5,586thHighest Average Incomes: 5,639thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,718thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,945thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,107thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,137thHighest Economic Output: 7,801stTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 9,308thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,506thMost Inclusive: 9,519thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,582ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,785thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,566thMost Secular: 15,126thLowest Crime Rates: 15,469thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16,710th
Largest Publishing Industry: 30th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 30th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 36th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 54th in the regionTop
Most Developed: 60th in the regionMost Cultured: 81st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 96th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 96th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 104th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 112th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 121st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 127th in the regionNicest Citizens: 137th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 159th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 167th in the regionMost Pacifist: 168th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 248th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 269th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 273rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 276th in the regionLargest Governments: 279th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 386th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 396th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 431st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 446th in the regionMost Inclusive: 491st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 551st in the region

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