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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st Highest Drug Use: 1st Most Extensive Civil Rights: 1st
The Element of
Anarchy
Didnít see that coming.
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Corrupted

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Surprise

Population16.66 billion

Capitalanywhere
LeaderSir Prize
Faithastonishment

Currencyshock
Animalshark

The Element of Surprise is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Sir Prize with a fair hand, and notable for its absence of drug laws and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-working, democratic population of 16.66 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, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of anywhere. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 16.0%.

The strong surprised economy, worth 722 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 43,392 shocks, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 420,721 per year while the poor average 215, a ratio of 1,948 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 37,474th in the world and 191st in 10000 Islands for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 97.09 on the Hayek Index.

Top
1%
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1stHighest Drug Use: 1stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1stMost Pro-Market: 1stMost Politically Free: 2ndMost Extreme: 500thMost Stationary: 1,621stTop
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Nudest: 5,252ndLargest Populations: 7,473rdLargest Gambling Industry: 8,435thTop
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Most Influential: 8,870thRudest Citizens: 8,910thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,184thMost Armed: 9,679thHighest Crime Rates: 10,229thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,812th
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 4th in the regionTop
5%
Most Stationary: 20th in the regionNudest: 49th in the regionTop
10%
Highest Crime Rates: 61st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 64th in the regionMost Armed: 73rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 75th in the regionLargest Populations: 79th in the regionRudest Citizens: 103rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Rudest Citizens and Most Influential.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Stationary, the Top 5% for Rudest Citizens, and the Top 10% for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Dead and Most Zombies.
  • : Surprise was struck by a Mk III (Purifier) Cure Missile from The Rogue Nation of Neo New Something, curing 25 million infected.
  • : Surprise was struck by a Mk III (Purifier) Cure Missile from The Rogue Nation of Neo New Something, curing 42 million infected.
  • : Surprise was struck by a Mk III (Purifier) Cure Missile from The Rogue Nation of Neo New Something, curing 31 million infected.

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