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Most Pacifist: 12,347thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,106thMost Compassionate Citizens: 20,895th
The Prospering Republic of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Ad Meliora
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Few

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West Kowen

Population6.492 billion

CapitalHorokoshi
LeaderPresident Pi Jun-Ho
FaithAtheism

CurrencyKowenian Wong
AnimalKowenian White-naped crane

The Prospering Republic of West Kowen is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by President Pi Jun-Ho with an iron fist, and notable for its digital currency, daily referendums, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 6.492 billion West Kowenians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Horokoshi. The average income tax rate is 49.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The very strong West Kowenian economy, worth 539 trillion Kowenian Wongs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 83,083 Kowenian Wongs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Prisoners due for execution often use their final statement to complain about soggy bread rolls, bins outnumber trees in city parks, pop sensation "Jack and the Holograms" is storming the charts, and many in West Kowen are born in the purple. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. West Kowen's national animal is the Kowenian White-naped crane, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

West Kowen is ranked 111,462nd in the world and 104th in The Hole To Hide In for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 110,695 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Pacifist: 12,347thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,106thMost Compassionate Citizens: 20,895thLowest Crime Rates: 21,042ndSafest: 21,601stLargest Retail Industry: 23,013thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 23,195thMost Corrupt Governments: 23,772nd
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