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Most Subsidized Industry: 6,945th Most Cheerful Citizens: 8,196th Largest Publishing Industry: 8,269th
The Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
In Democracy, We find power.
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The Republic of The European Confederates is a massive, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, sprawling nuclear power plants, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 1.547 billion European Confederatesians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Oslo. The average income tax rate is 59.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient European Confederatesian economy, worth 167 trillion Dollars 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, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. 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 an impressive 107,951 Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Stone wrist watches that weigh 20lb are the latest trend, thalassophobia and heliophobia are on the rise, Leader's peyote-induced "let's all just be friends" speech is trending world-wide, and mathematicians are gathering an infinite number of Hawks and typewriters to see if they can recreate the works of Max Barry. Crime is totally unknown. The European Confederates's national animal is the Hawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The European Confederates is ranked 150,943rd in the world and 1st in Where They Go To Die for Most Avoided, scoring 0.91 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Most Subsidized Industry: 6,945thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,196thLargest Publishing Industry: 8,269thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,354thMost Cultured: 8,641stTop
Most Efficient Economies: 9,083rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,478thMost Developed: 11,444thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,509thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,653rdLongest Average Lifespans: 14,065thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,213thMost Average: 15,903rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,952ndLargest Black Market: 16,611thMost Devout: 17,563rdLargest Retail Industry: 17,662nd

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