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The United States of Paul

Population3.48 billion

CapitalEspero
LeaderPresident Ŭangari Matai

CurrencyGazet
AnimalAnt

The Federal Republic of The United States of Paul is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by President Ŭangari Matai with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and pith helmet sales. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 3.48 billion Upaulians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Espero. The average income tax rate is 98.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Upaulian economy, worth 631 trillion Gazets a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 181,479 Gazets, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Throwing garbage out of your house's front window makes it legally someone else's problem, from the highest mountain to the deepest cave - one can always count on finding a good cell signal in The United States of Paul, intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works, and noises louder than a whisper have been prohibited by law. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. The United States of Paul's national animal is the Ant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The United States of Paul is ranked 33,447th in the world and 3rd in Tero for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 254,884.06 Standard Monetary Units.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 800thMost Inclusive: 1,057thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,115thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,133rdNicest Citizens: 1,229thMost Developed: 1,365thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,555thHealthiest Citizens: 1,663rdBest Weather: 1,760thSafest: 1,809thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,850thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,164thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,459thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,557thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,658thLowest Crime Rates: 2,730thSmartest Citizens: 2,801stMost Beautiful Environments: 2,967thLargest Governments: 3,011thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,295thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,000thMost Pacifist: 4,813thMost Efficient Economies: 5,097thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,450thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,599thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,683rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,734thRudest Citizens: 6,102ndMost Subsidized Industry: 8,197thHighest Average Incomes: 8,269thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,373rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,652ndMost Cultured: 9,443rdMost Secular: 10,896thTop
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  • : Following new legislation in The United States of Paul, noises louder than a whisper have been prohibited by law.
  • : Following new legislation in The United States of Paul, intellectual snobbery has the cognoscenti sneering at anyone who doesn't have an opinion on the semiological drift of Umberto Eco's works.
  • : Following new legislation in The United States of Paul, from the highest mountain to the deepest cave - one can always count on finding a good cell signal in The United States of Paul.
  • : Following new legislation in The United States of Paul, throwing garbage out of your house's front window makes it legally someone else's problem.
  • : Following new legislation in The United States of Paul, hidden bedroom-cams are installed to catch mothers doing their kids' homework.
  • : Following new legislation in The United States of Paul, military spending is on the increase.
  • : Following new legislation in The United States of Paul, history textbook pages are used as impromptu tissues by distraught students.
  • : Following new legislation in The United States of Paul, vital intelligence-gathering activities are put on hold as agents return home for seduction training and advanced poker instruction.
  • : Following new legislation in The United States of Paul, the Upaulian Arts Council pays teenagers to sit through opera performances.
  • : Following new legislation in The United States of Paul, matryoshka dolls resembling nested Death Stars are commonly sold.

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