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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 77th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 90th Most Advanced Public Transport: 103rd
The Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Barba non facit philosophum
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Misconception

Population9.338 billion

CapitalSerendipity
FaithThe Church of Bloggessianism

Currencypeble
Animalmanic monkey mind

The Republic of The Misconception is a colossal, genial nation, notable for its lack of airports, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.338 billion misconceptians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Serendipity. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient misconceptionian economy, worth a remarkable 2,041 trillion pebles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism. Average income is an amazing 218,669 pebles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Shady doctors seem to have impeccable records, debates on whether toilet seats should be left up or down are increasingly commonplace, pet loving officers arrest citizens who don't give their dogs enough biscuits, and older citizens lament over the loss of law and order. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Misconception's national animal is the manic monkey mind, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Church of Bloggessianism.

The Misconception is ranked 168,989th in the world and 7,079th in Osiris for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -20.25 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 77thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 90thMost Advanced Public Transport: 103rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 106thLargest Welfare Programs: 163rdMost Advanced Public Education: 172ndMost Pacifist: 247thMost Beautiful Environments: 258thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 278thMost Developed: 284thMost Inclusive: 297thMost Cheerful Citizens: 337thLongest Average Lifespans: 343rdNicest Citizens: 352ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 405thBest Weather: 411thMost Compassionate Citizens: 421stLeast Corrupt Governments: 452ndSafest: 490thLargest Governments: 516thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 528thMost Cultured: 554thMost Rebellious Youth: 859thLowest Crime Rates: 899thMost Subsidized Industry: 998thHealthiest Citizens: 1,016thSmartest Citizens: 1,066thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,179thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,548thHighest Average Incomes: 4,417thMost Efficient Economies: 4,606thHighest Economic Output: 6,053rdNudest: 8,226thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,871stMost Income Equality: 10,355th
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Most Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 8th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionNicest Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionSafest: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 16th in the regionBest Weather: 16th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 29th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 29th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 31st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 32nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 38th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 91st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 191st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 225th in the regionMost Income Equality: 245th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 247th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 375th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 570th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 622nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 676th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, pet loving officers arrest citizens who don't give their dogs enough biscuits.
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, debates on whether toilet seats should be left up or down are increasingly commonplace.
  • : The Misconception was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, shady doctors seem to have impeccable records.
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, the nation wears its high incidence of chromosomal diseases as a badge of pride.
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, paranoid museum guards keep a lookout for any animated displays attempting to escape the premises after dark.
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, there's nothing more gay than bleeding for your nation.
  • : The Misconception's influence in Osiris rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, ships no longer sail as no one wants to encounter misconceptionian pirates.

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