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Most Valuable International Artwork: 197thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,679thHighest Economic Output: 8,864th
The Fantastic Field Marshal of
Father Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
Influence
Apprentice
Council Advisor
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Rare

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Ever-Wandering Souls

Population14.205 billion

CapitalSanctuary

CurrencyTale
AnimalMongrel

The Fantastic Field Marshal of Ever-Wandering Souls is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its lack of airports, free-roaming dinosaurs, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 14.205 billion Survivors are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sanctuary. The average income tax rate is 85.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming a Survivor economy, worth a remarkable 1,725 trillion Tales a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 121,459 Tales, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Left-wing militias train children how to properly burn down banks, every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts, vanity is considered the fifth cardinal virtue, and artists are pillars of society. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ever-Wandering Souls's national animal is the Mongrel, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Ever-Wandering Souls is ranked 99,528th in the world and 277th in The Black Hawks for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 901.9 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 197thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,679thHighest Economic Output: 8,864thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,358thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 10,484thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,768thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,960thLargest Governments: 11,962ndMost Stationary: 13,271stLargest Welfare Programs: 14,132ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,195thMost Inclusive: 14,324thLargest Populations: 15,055thLowest Crime Rates: 15,629thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,965thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,988thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,421stHighest Poor Incomes: 16,438thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,332ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 18,297thSafest: 18,355th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 9th in the regionLargest Populations: 16th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 17th in the regionMost Inclusive: 17th in the regionMost Stationary: 18th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 23rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 24th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 24th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 26th in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 29th in the regionLargest Governments: 31st in the regionSafest: 36th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 44th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 44th in the regionMost Influential: 44th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 45th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 47th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 48th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 49th in the regionMost Developed: 52nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 53rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ever-Wandering Souls's influence in The Black Hawks rose from "Squire" to "Apprentice".
  • : Ever-Wandering Souls was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Ever-Wandering Souls was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Ever-Wandering Souls, artists are pillars of society.
  • : Following new legislation in Ever-Wandering Souls, vanity is considered the fifth cardinal virtue.
  • : Following new legislation in Ever-Wandering Souls, every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts.
  • : Following new legislation in Ever-Wandering Souls, left-wing militias train children how to properly burn down banks.
  • : Following new legislation in Ever-Wandering Souls, the nation's latest batch of politicians include internet comedians, an alleged serial killer, and a highly trained Mongrel.
  • : Ever-Wandering Souls was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Ever-Wandering Souls was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport and the Top 10% for Highest Average Incomes.

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