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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,278thMost Influential: 2,304thNicest Citizens: 3,068th
The Culture Minister of
Left-Leaning College State Paradise
You Can't Stop Progress
President Urpo Aaltonen
Minister of Culture
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
Political Freedom

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Population5.572 billion

LeaderPresident Urpo Aaltonen
FaithThe Cult of Godsinia


The Culture Minister of Antenion is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by President Urpo Aaltonen with an even hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cheerful population of 5.572 billion Antenis enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The large, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Enton. The average income tax rate is 92.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Anteni economy, worth 815 trillion marks a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 146,273 marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A few people seem to spend their whole time complaining, Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Enton to enjoy their national art, lifelong celibates are surprised to receive government-issue condoms in the post, and Anteni tourists are encouraged to hand out spare condoms to locals while on vacation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Antenion's national animal is the Goose, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is The Cult of Godsinia.

Antenion is ranked 6,149th in the world and 12th in Thaecia for Most Developed, scoring 92.97 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Welfare Programs: 2,278thMost Influential: 2,304thTop
Nicest Citizens: 3,068thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,181stMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,597thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,231stLongest Average Lifespans: 4,408thMost Inclusive: 4,412thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,525thHealthiest Citizens: 4,823rdMost Pacifist: 5,034thMost Developed: 6,149thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,865thBest Weather: 6,935thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,106thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,459thMost Cultured: 7,593rdLargest Governments: 7,833rdMost Subsidized Industry: 7,929thSmartest Citizens: 7,953rdMost Efficient Economies: 8,135thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,135thLowest Crime Rates: 8,250thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,446thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,492ndMost Advanced Public Education: 8,629thMost Secular: 8,885thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,159thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,578thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,311thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,679thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 15,008thHighest Drug Use: 15,046thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 23,080thHighest Economic Output: 23,436th
Largest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 9th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 12th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 13th in the regionMost Cultured: 14th in the regionMost Influential: 14th in the regionMost Pacifist: 15th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 15th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 15th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 16th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 16th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 17th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 17th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 18th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 18th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 19th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 20th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 23rd in the regionMost Secular: 23rd in the regionBest Weather: 27th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 28th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 33rd in the region

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