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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,692ndLargest Publishing Industry: 2,256thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,561st
The South Side of Heaven of
Left-wing Utopia
Forest Embassy
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Steppe

Population8.169 billion

CapitalGilead
LeaderRoland Deschain
FaithDrifting

Currencytrail dust
AnimalWild Horse

The South Side of Heaven of Steppe is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Roland Deschain with a fair hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.169 billion Drifters 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 large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gilead. The average income tax rate is 90.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Drifting economy, worth a remarkable 1,399 trillion trail dusts a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 171,366 trail dusts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates, dreams of entering the Super League have been relegated to the history books, goldfish bowls are three metres in diameter, and Gilead has restaurants serving every meat from aardvark to zebra. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Steppe's national animal is the Wild Horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Drifting.

Steppe is ranked 6,327th in the world and 16th in Texas for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 6,325.14 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,692ndLargest Publishing Industry: 2,256thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,561stNicest Citizens: 2,684thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,773rdTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,815thSafest: 3,155thMost Pacifist: 3,768thHighest Food Quality: 3,822ndMost Cultured: 4,026thHealthiest Citizens: 4,170thBest Weather: 4,181stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,428thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,455thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,766thMost Developed: 4,805thSmartest Citizens: 4,998thMost Inclusive: 5,381stLargest Welfare Programs: 5,590thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,719thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,201stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,327thMost Efficient Economies: 6,607thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,822ndLowest Crime Rates: 6,991stMost Advanced Public Education: 7,666thLargest Governments: 7,736thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,962ndMost Subsidized Industry: 8,329thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,769thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,282ndMost Secular: 10,798thHighest Average Incomes: 11,339thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,583rdTop
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Highest Economic Output: 14,841stMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,594thMost Valuable International Artwork: 24,958thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 26,769th
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Nicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionNudest: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 11th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 11th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 12th in the regionBest Weather: 12th in the regionMost Politically Free: 12th in the regionMost Income Equality: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 13th in the regionMost Secular: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 13th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 16th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Steppe was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Compassionate Citizens.
  • : Steppe was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Steppe was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector and Nicest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Steppe, Gilead has restaurants serving every meat from aardvark to zebra.
  • : Following new legislation in Steppe, goldfish bowls are three metres in diameter.
  • : Following new legislation in Steppe, dreams of entering the Super League have been relegated to the history books.
  • : Following new legislation in Steppe, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.
  • : Steppe was reclassified from "Liberal Democratic Socialists" to "Left-wing Utopia".
  • : Steppe was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Steppe was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.

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