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Best Weather: 1,996thLargest Populations: 2,278thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,290th
The Anablephobia of
Democratic Socialists
The Lord Sir Supreme Esquire
Civil Rights
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Political Freedom
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Straight Arm Salute

Population35.236 billion

CapitalLowercase City
LeaderThe Lord Sir Supreme Esquire


The Anablephobia of Straight Arm Salute is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Lord Sir Supreme Esquire with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, ubiquitous missile silos, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic population of 35.236 billion Fams are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — prioritizes Environment, although Education, Welfare, and Public Transport are also considered important, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lowercase City. The average income tax rate is 82.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Fam economy, worth a remarkable 2,460 trillion quid a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 69,827 quid, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Excited shovel-bearing geeks wander the countryside, vital infrastructure development is on hold because of 'nature and stuff', it is illegal to distribute Girl Guide Cookies without an advanced food hygiene diploma, and the constant playing of Merry Birthday on Fam radio has led to calls for the song to be classified as a crime against humanity. Crime is totally unknown. Straight Arm Salute's national animal is the capybara, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Straight Arm Salute is ranked 33,766th in the world and 30th in Eientei Gensokyo for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 4,905.82 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

Best Weather: 1,996thLargest Populations: 2,278thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,290thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,604thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,624thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 4,098thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,380thMost Cultured: 6,134thHealthiest Citizens: 6,230thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,356thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,917thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,928thHighest Food Quality: 7,251stLongest Average Lifespans: 8,145thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,486thHighest Economic Output: 8,739thNicest Citizens: 10,379thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,949thSmartest Citizens: 13,605thMost Stationary: 13,859thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 14,744thMost Secular: 14,875thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 17,783rdMost Inclusive: 18,630thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,933rdMost Advanced Public Education: 19,488thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,315thMost Pacifist: 21,194thLargest Publishing Industry: 24,901st
Largest Populations: 1st in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionMost Stationary: 8th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 12th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 13th in the regionMost Cultured: 14th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 16th in the region

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