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Most Rebellious Youth: 1,614thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,518thLargest Populations: 2,584th
The Wintery Iceland of
New York Times Democracy
Memento Mori
Influence
Handshaker
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Superb

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Taeshan

Population28.424 billion

CapitalAtlantea
LeaderJeremiah Llama

CurrencyMercural
AnimalFalcon

The Wintery Iceland of Taeshan is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Jeremiah Llama with a fair hand, and remarkable for its national health service, prohibition of alcohol, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-working, democratic population of 28.424 billion Taeshanis enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Public Transport, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Atlantea. The average income tax rate is 31.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Taeshanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,775 trillion Mercurals a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, highly specialized black market in Book Publishing and Information Technology. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 62,476 Mercurals, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Record sales of 'child-whacking sticks' have been recorded, dog breeding has been banned in accordance with recent animal experimentation laws, voting is voluntary, and the government has ordered a moratorium on referenda. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem. Taeshan's national animal is the Falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Taeshan is ranked 111,422nd in the world and 37th in Rushmore for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 599.92 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Rebellious Youth: 1,614thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,518thLargest Populations: 2,584thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,098thHealthiest Citizens: 5,681stMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,727thMost Influential: 8,163rdHighest Economic Output: 8,811thMost Stationary: 11,246thTop
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Best Weather: 14,025thLargest Black Market: 14,688thLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,883rdLongest Average Lifespans: 14,889thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,031stHighest Crime Rates: 18,290thSmartest Citizens: 20,550thMost Developed: 20,942ndMost Cultured: 21,919th
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Most Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionMost Politically Free: 8th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 8th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Taeshan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Taeshan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Taeshan published "TCAA Results" (Factbook: Miscellaneous).
  • : Taeshan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Taeshan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Taeshan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Taeshan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Taeshan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Taeshan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Taeshan was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured, Smartest Citizens, and Most Developed.

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