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Arcanda

Population13.842 billion

CapitalTokyo
LeaderPrime Minister Nobusuke Kishi

Currencyyen
AnimalCrane

The Japan of Arcanda is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi with a fair hand, and renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, public floggings, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 13.842 billion Japanese 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tokyo. The average income tax rate is 91.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Japanese economy, worth a remarkable 1,575 trillion yen a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Automobile Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 113,808 yen, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

4-year-olds studying for their mathematics exams are anxious that they will be unemployable in adulthood if they fail, supervisors in Arcanda commonly tie bells on their necks to alert employees of their presence, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections, and prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Arcanda's national animal is the Crane, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Arcanda is ranked 66,436th in the world and 21st in The Roleplay Chessboard for Most Politically Free, scoring 72.48 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,767thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,634thBest Weather: 5,056thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,121stMost Beautiful Environments: 5,866thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,202ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,524thMost Developed: 7,127thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,288thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,419thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,850thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,169thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,136thSmartest Citizens: 10,043rdHighest Economic Output: 10,970thLargest Governments: 11,000thTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 12,936thLowest Crime Rates: 13,264thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,149thMost Efficient Economies: 15,025thMost Rebellious Youth: 15,946thMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,412thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,978thLargest Information Technology Sector: 18,020thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,039thLargest Populations: 18,773rdMost Cultured: 20,459thLeast Corrupt Governments: 21,556th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionMost Developed: 6th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Stationary: 7th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the region

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