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Most Valuable International Artwork: 186thRudest Citizens: 586thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,259th
The Gerontocratic Patriarchy of
New York Times Democracy
Do not destroy a good society in search of Utopia
Influence
Handshaker
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Upper Nowhere

Population2.396 billion

CapitalKilminster
LeaderChristopher Lee
FaithScam

Currencyshilling
Animalhog-nosed bat

The Gerontocratic Patriarchy of Upper Nowhere is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Christopher Lee with a fair hand, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, keen interest in outer space, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 2.396 billion Upper Nowhereans 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 relatively small, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kilminster. The average income tax rate is 10.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Upper Nowherean economy, worth 522 trillion shillings a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an amazing 218,115 shillings, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

There's no cure or sympathy for the common cold, it takes months to get the proper permits for a child's first tricycle, religious households enthusiastically use whips in private, and the law says it's okay to sell a bomb to a terrorist so long as they promise not to detonate it. Crime is totally unknown. Upper Nowhere's national animal is the hog-nosed bat, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Scam.

Upper Nowhere is ranked 34,699th in the world and 42nd in The Hole To Hide In for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 2,373.18 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 186thRudest Citizens: 586thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,259thLargest Retail Industry: 1,409thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,762ndTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 3,539thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,240thMost Secular: 4,262ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,286thHighest Average Incomes: 4,960thSmartest Citizens: 4,981stMost Developed: 5,463rdMost Efficient Economies: 5,616thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,628thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 7,678thMost Influential: 8,807thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9,118thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 10,578thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,649thLowest Crime Rates: 12,799thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,505thLargest Governments: 14,016thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,688thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,914thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 18,058thLongest Average Lifespans: 18,094thMost Corrupt Governments: 19,880th
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Politically Free: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Upper Nowhere, the law says it's okay to sell a bomb to a terrorist so long as they promise not to detonate it.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Nowhere, religious households enthusiastically use whips in private.
  • : Upper Nowhere was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Nowhere, it takes months to get the proper permits for a child's first tricycle.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Nowhere, there's no cure or sympathy for the common cold.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Nowhere, criminals rejoice in the streets as the entire police force is sent away on a training retreat.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Nowhere, the Snapgram channel "Embarrassing Baby Christopher Lee Pics" has made Christopher Lee's mom a celebrity.
  • : Upper Nowhere was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Nowhere, people who stay late at the office often come home to find their own funeral being planned.
  • : Following new legislation in Upper Nowhere, 'Mountain Doobie' is widely regarded as the nation's favourite drink.

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Endorsements Received: 9 » Candensia, Evve Terre, Nonadia, Exbrenia, Kynthes, Doge Land, Klusis, Rumanian States, and Evacasia.

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