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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,400thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,687thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,925th
The Pluralist Commonwealth of
New York Times Democracy Corporate-Dominated Sham Democracy
Justice to Posterity
Influence
Hatchling
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excessive

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Arcady-Asclepia

Population1.171 billion

Capitalthe January District
Leaderthe Federal Chancellor

CurrencyCommunal Exchange Credit
AnimalArcady-Asclepian bull

The Pluralist Commonwealth of Arcady-Asclepia is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by the Federal Chancellor with a fair hand, and notable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, complete lack of prisons, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.171 billion Arcady-Asclepians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — prioritizes Education, with Industry, Welfare, and Environment also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the January District. The average income tax rate is 89.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Arcady-Asclepian economy, worth 105 trillion Communal Exchange Credits a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 89,815 Communal Exchange Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Commercial jingles have been ham-handedly forced into world renowned symphonies, ambitious "businessmen" use their children to sell and advertise their products, rude retail employees are now even ruder homeless panhandlers, and the government has solemnly sworn not to look up other nations' internet browsing history if the favor is returned. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Arcady-Asclepia's national animal is the Arcady-Asclepian bull, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Arcady-Asclepia is ranked 232,295th in the world and 7,322nd in Balder for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -10 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,400thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,687thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,925thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,897thMost Pacifist: 4,639thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,613thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,112thNicest Citizens: 8,136thMost Developed: 8,430thBest Weather: 8,561stLargest Publishing Industry: 9,821stHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,975thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,482ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,046thHealthiest Citizens: 11,153rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,408thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,552ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,677thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 11,970thMost Inclusive: 12,361stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,407thMost Efficient Economies: 13,963rdMost Secular: 14,126thSafest: 14,278thLargest Governments: 16,960thLowest Crime Rates: 17,997thMost Politically Free: 18,187thHighest Poor Incomes: 23,882nd
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Most Advanced Public Education: 109th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 113th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 125th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 155th in the regionMost Politically Free: 215th in the regionMost Pacifist: 225th in the regionMost Developed: 352nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 363rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 364th in the regionNicest Citizens: 372nd in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 384th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 450th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 516th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 522nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 529th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 534th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 543rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 549th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 551st in the regionMost Inclusive: 569th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 570th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 601st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 609th in the regionMost Secular: 674th in the regionSafest: 759th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Arcady-Asclepia's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Arcady-Asclepia's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Arcady-Asclepia was refounded in Balder.
  • : Arcady-Asclepia ceased to exist in The ecumenical commonwealth.
  • : Arcady-Asclepia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Arcady-Asclepia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Arcady-Asclepia's influence in The ecumenical commonwealth fell from "Instigator" to "Contender".
  • : Arcady-Asclepia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Arcady-Asclepia, the government has solemnly sworn not to look up other nations' internet browsing history if the favor is returned.
  • : Following new legislation in Arcady-Asclepia, rude retail employees are now even ruder homeless panhandlers.

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