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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,213thNudest: 5,736thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,333rd
The Federal Republic of
New York Times Democracy
Wirkéka dé Wirld, Unight!
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Aquaria

Population190 million

CurrencyAqua Eaux
AnimalDIO Eagle

The Federal Republic of The Aquaria is a very large, genial nation, remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, irreverence towards religion, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 190 million Aquas 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 Welfare, Defense, and Education. The average income tax rate is 47.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Aqua economy, worth 15.3 trillion Aqua Eauxes 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, broadly diversified black market in Basket Weaving, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Book Publishing. 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 80,385 Aqua Eauxes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

The national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall, Aqua tourists are encouraged to hand out spare condoms to locals while on vacation, most voters only see their chosen representative visit once every election cycle, and collisions between bicycles and carnival floats are on the rise. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Aquaria's national animal is the DIO Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

The Aquaria is ranked 202,691st in the world and 850th in The Communist Bloc for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 26.11 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,213thNudest: 5,736thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,333rdLargest Welfare Programs: 11,654thTop
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Most Primitive: 13,883rdMost Pacifist: 17,864thMost Secular: 20,029thSafest: 20,780th
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 5th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 41st in the regionMost Primitive: 52nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 70th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 71st in the regionTop
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Fattest Citizens: 93rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 96th in the regionRudest Citizens: 129th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 133rd in the region

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