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Most Influential: 1,437thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,845thMost Secular: 1,972nd
The Collective Syndicate of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Many peoples, one nation
Civil Rights
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Population3.121 billion

CapitalNew Britain
LeaderAraminta Vishaka Chatterjee


The Collective Syndicate of Thurston is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Araminta Vishaka Chatterjee with a fair hand, and renowned for its state-planned economy, daily referendums, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.121 billion Thurstoners hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Britain. The average income tax rate is 93.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Thurstoner economy, worth 424 trillion Pounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 135,981 Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Thurston's heavy congestion charges are the bane of motorists' lives, kids laugh off vandalism and arson as "just fun", the government has started a campaign to crack down on road rage and encourage alternate means of commuting, and holiday light displays just aren't the same without seizure-inducing strobe effects. Crime is totally unknown. Thurston's national animal is the Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Thurston is ranked 205,058th in the world and 155th in The Leftist Assembly for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 1.54 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Most Influential: 1,437thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,845thMost Secular: 1,972ndTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,773rdNicest Citizens: 2,950thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,992ndMost Pacifist: 3,234thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,830thMost Inclusive: 3,914thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,270thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,427thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,965thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,330thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,413thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,612thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,677thMost Cultured: 5,725thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,276thBest Weather: 6,473rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,510thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,912thMost Developed: 6,932ndRudest Citizens: 8,124thLargest Governments: 8,186thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,566thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,702ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,765thSmartest Citizens: 8,847thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,732ndNudest: 11,962ndTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 12,432ndMost Efficient Economies: 12,501stMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,281stHealthiest Citizens: 13,592ndMost Subsidized Industry: 14,386thLowest Crime Rates: 16,866thHighest Average Incomes: 17,808thLargest Publishing Industry: 23,078th
Most Rebellious Youth: 14th in the regionMost Secular: 15th in the regionRudest Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Influential: 21st in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 28th in the regionNudest: 37th in the regionNicest Citizens: 40th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 41st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 42nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 43rd in the regionMost Cultured: 44th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 44th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 48th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 50th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 50th in the region

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