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Most Influential: 2,933rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,157thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9,241st
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The Pontic State

Population3.142 billion

LeaderDionysios Costadin
FaithOrthodox Christianity

AnimalBooted Eagle

The Republic of The Pontic State is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Dionysios Costadin with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 3.142 billion Pontians 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 Healthcare, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Trebizond. The average income tax rate is 38.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Pontic economy, worth 208 trillion Miliarensias a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports, Book Publishing, and Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 66,258 Miliarensias, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists, conversion therapy coupons are a popular present for coming of age ceremonies, soldiers' positions are given away by the glint of their bayonets, and a suspicious number of John Smiths are known to donate to Pontic politicians. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Pontic State's national animal is the Booted Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Orthodox Christianity.

The Pontic State is ranked 184,562nd in the world and 595th in Europe for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 42.63 on the Hayek Index.

Most Influential: 2,933rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,157thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9,241stTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 20,284thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 21,651stNicest Citizens: 24,105thMost Inclusive: 26,812th
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 87th in the region

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