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Most Rebellious Youth: 1,656thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,542ndLargest Populations: 2,542nd
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

Population29.388 billion

CapitalAtlantea
LeaderJeremiah Llama

CurrencyMercural
AnimalFalcon

The Wintery Iceland of Taeshan is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Jeremiah Llama with a fair hand, and remarkable for its zero percent divorce rate, keen interest in outer space, and hatred of cheese. The hard-working, democratic population of 29.388 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 1,836 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 239,459th in the world and 86th in Rushmore for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -23.52 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most Rebellious Youth: 1,656thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,542ndLargest Populations: 2,542ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,234thHealthiest Citizens: 5,966thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,627thMost Influential: 7,998thHighest Economic Output: 9,081stMost Stationary: 10,710thTop
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Best Weather: 13,866thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,183rdLongest Average Lifespans: 15,563rdLargest Black Market: 16,515thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,641stHighest Crime Rates: 19,209thSmartest Citizens: 21,019thMost Developed: 21,548thMost Cultured: 21,949th
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Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 8th in the regionMost Politically Free: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Taeshan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Zombies and the Top 5% for Most Dead.
  • : Taeshan was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Survivors and the Top 5% for Most Stationary.
  • : Taeshan was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Republic of Darmen, curing 241 million infected.
  • : Taeshan was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Republic of Darmen, curing 233 million infected.
  • : Taeshan was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Republic of Darmen, curing 232 million infected.
  • : Taeshan was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Republic of Darmen, curing 341 million infected.
  • : Taeshan was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Republic of Darmen, curing 301 million infected.
  • : Taeshan was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Republic of Darmen, curing 304 million infected.
  • : Taeshan was struck by a Mk II (Sterilizer) Cure Missile from The Republic of Darmen, curing 240 million infected.
  • : Taeshan was struck by a Mk I (Immunizer) Cure Missile from The Republic of Darmen, curing 140 million infected.

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