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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 1stHighest Drug Use: 1stMost Pro-Market: 1st
The Element of
Anarchy
Didn't see that coming.
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Corrupted

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Surprise

Population23.173 billion

Capitalanywhere
LeaderSir Prize
Faithastonishment

Currencyshock
Animalshark

The Element of Surprise is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Sir Prize with a fair hand, and remarkable for its absence of drug laws and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-working, democratic population of 23.173 billion surprises live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The medium-sized, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Law & Order, and Public Transport. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of anywhere. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 16.5%.

The strong surprised economy, worth 988 trillion shocks a year, is quite specialized and led by the Gambling industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Trout Farming. Average income is 42,665 shocks, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 290,075 per year while the poor average 2,292, a ratio of 126 to 1.

Mr Happy's Funland has just been named Surprise's new capital, Sir Prize has just been declared ruler of Surprise in an international press conference, and astonishment has been named as Surprise's national religion. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Surprise's national animal is the shark, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is astonishment.

Surprise is ranked 1,674th in the world and 15th in 10000 Islands for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 126.53 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 1stHighest Drug Use: 1stMost Pro-Market: 1stMost Politically Free: 2ndMost Extreme: 452ndMost Stationary: 1,282ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,674thTop
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Largest Populations: 6,378thNudest: 8,388thMost Influential: 9,602ndRudest Citizens: 9,959thLargest Gambling Industry: 10,577thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 14,659thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,035thHighest Economic Output: 21,470thMost Armed: 23,817th
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 14th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 61st in the regionNudest: 71st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 72nd in the regionTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 92nd in the regionMost Avoided: 126th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 130th in the regionRudest Citizens: 139th in the regionFattest Citizens: 141st in the regionMost Armed: 141st in the region

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