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Highest Drug Use: 2,987thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,083rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,077th
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Global Councilist Federation

Population216 million


The United Socialist States of Global Councilist Federation is a huge, cultured nation, renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, absence of drug laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 216 million Councilians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 60.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Global Councilist Federationian economy, worth 12.4 trillion Terras a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient black market in Retail, Soda Sales, Information Technology, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 57,471 Terras, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The thin blue line is composed of picketing police officers demanding better pensions, diplomatic missions typically end with a flurry of childish insults, accusations and phlegm, NPCs in MMORPGs regularly interrupt cutscenes with OOC reminders that they aren't real people, and a sudden shout of "surprise!" does not herald a party for teachers. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Global Councilist Federation's national animal is the Capitalist.

Global Councilist Federation is ranked 53,929th in the world and 2,474th in The East Pacific for Most Extreme, scoring 25.81 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Highest Drug Use: 2,987thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,083rdTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,077thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,532ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 18,182ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,339thLargest Welfare Programs: 19,598thMost Rebellious Youth: 20,706thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 20,755th
Highest Drug Use: 62nd in the regionTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 418th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 433rd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 542nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 561st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 582nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 631st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 733rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 848th in the region

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