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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 676thMost Influential: 1,251stLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,091st
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Population1.909 billion

LeaderThe Federal Council of Stephastan

AnimalBlack-eyed Leaf Frog

The Community of Stephastan is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by The Federal Council of Stephastan with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 1.909 billion Stephastanis love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ollie. The average income tax rate is 92.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Stephastani economy, worth 137 trillion Stepharoonies a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 72,099 Stepharoonies, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Bizarre-looking creatures called 'Black-eyed Leaf Frogdogs' dominate wildlife preserves, young and brooding teens are welcomed with open arms to the Dogwarts School of Strangeness and Sorcery, religious turf wars have caused frustrated police to pray for divine intervention, and crime suspects are forced to submit to blood testing. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Stephastan's national animal is the Black-eyed Leaf Frog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Omnism.

Stephastan is ranked 10,384th in the world and 336th in the South Pacific for Most Beautiful Environments, with 1,526.9 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 676thMost Influential: 1,251stLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,091stTop
Most Pacifist: 3,022ndLargest Welfare Programs: 3,066thNicest Citizens: 3,219thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,245thSafest: 3,395thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,877thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,076thMost Cultured: 5,782ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,354thHighest Food Quality: 6,694thMost Inclusive: 7,289thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,567thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,717thBest Weather: 8,988thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,015thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,976thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,094thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,384thHealthiest Citizens: 10,771stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,219thLowest Crime Rates: 11,486thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,656thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,764thMost Income Equality: 13,130thTop
Largest Governments: 16,797thSmartest Citizens: 23,061stHighest Drug Use: 25,986thHighest Poor Incomes: 26,122nd
Least Corrupt Governments: 65th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 92nd in the regionMost Influential: 105th in the regionSafest: 105th in the regionNicest Citizens: 107th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 109th in the regionMost Pacifist: 113th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 120th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 121st in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 143rd in the regionMost Cultured: 168th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 205th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 206th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 210th in the regionMost Inclusive: 253rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 259th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 276th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 287th in the regionBest Weather: 296th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 309th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 316th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 317th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 326th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 331st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 336th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 336th in the regionLargest Governments: 451st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 581st in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 640th in the regionMost Income Equality: 676th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 709th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 769th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1,021st in the regionMost Developed: 1,154th in the regionMost Stationary: 1,191st in the region

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