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Most Valuable International Artwork: 303rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 322ndMost Developed: 360th
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Population10.121 billion

LeaderOlaf Nieuwpoort


The Republic of Surd is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Olaf Nieuwpoort with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 10.121 billion Surds 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, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fentanes. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Surdic economy, worth a remarkable 2,923 trillion Fioris a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 288,809 Fioris, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Internet searches for the inventor of the three-wheeled steam-powered Surdic weed picker are way up, Surdic tourists are encouraged to hand out spare condoms to locals while on vacation, an increasing percentage of the population's youth have homosexual parents, and people can't decide between preserving forests and buying print copies of 'Dogman Versus The Giggler'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Surd's national animal is the Robin, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Surd is ranked 878th in the world and 36th in Lazarus for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 981.84 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 303rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 322ndMost Developed: 360thNicest Citizens: 364thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 392ndLongest Average Lifespans: 393rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 460thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 462ndHealthiest Citizens: 471stMost Pacifist: 528thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 530thLowest Crime Rates: 553rdLargest Governments: 561stMost Advanced Public Education: 568thSafest: 576thHighest Food Quality: 652ndSmartest Citizens: 689thBest Weather: 701stMost Inclusive: 702ndLargest Welfare Programs: 711thMost Beautiful Environments: 765thHighest Poor Incomes: 789thMost Scientifically Advanced: 878thMost Efficient Economies: 1,056thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,096thMost Cultured: 1,146thMost Patriotic: 1,180thMost Secular: 1,219thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,235thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,298thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,362ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,579thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,717thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,861stLargest Publishing Industry: 2,134thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,338thMost Influential: 2,463rdHighest Average Incomes: 2,580thTop
Highest Economic Output: 5,877thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,878thTop
Most Income Equality: 16,842ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20,405thMost Politically Free: 24,251st
Most Valuable International Artwork: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 8th in the regionNicest Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the regionMost Inclusive: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 13th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16th in the regionMost Influential: 16th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 17th in the regionMost Pacifist: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 18th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 19th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 21st in the regionBest Weather: 22nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 22nd in the regionLargest Governments: 25th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 26th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 27th in the regionSafest: 28th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 29th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 35th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 36th in the regionMost Patriotic: 37th in the regionMost Secular: 40th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 42nd in the regionMost Cultured: 45th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 47th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 50th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 51st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 71st in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 83rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 89th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 94th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 115th in the regionMost Politically Free: 166th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 275th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 275th in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 389th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 589th in the regionMost Extreme: 590th in the region

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