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Most Developed: 348thHealthiest Citizens: 368thLongest Average Lifespans: 402nd
The Republic of
Authoritarian Democracy Mouth-Breathing Creationists
Press statements aren't delivered under oath
President Vera Kovacs
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Jelekova

Population21.938 billion

CapitalKamarina
LeaderPresident Vera Kovacs
FaithMos Maiorum

CurrencyKrona
AnimalPenguin

The Republic of Jelekova is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by President Vera Kovacs with an even hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, anti-smoking policies, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 21.938 billion Jelekovans are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Kamarina. The average income tax rate is 98.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Jelekovan economy, worth a remarkable 4,649 trillion Kronor a year, is highly specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 211,950 Kronor, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity, the nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea, police regularly arrest families playing Monopoly, and the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Jelekova's national animal is the Penguin, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways, and its national religion is Mos Maiorum.

Jelekova is ranked 219,503rd in the world and 895th in Europeia for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -616.93 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Developed: 348thHealthiest Citizens: 368thLongest Average Lifespans: 402ndLowest Crime Rates: 413thMost Corrupt Governments: 757thMost Advanced Public Transport: 771stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 958thLargest Black Market: 1,174thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,279thSmartest Citizens: 1,542ndLargest Publishing Industry: 1,613thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,731stHighest Economic Output: 2,108thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,173rdTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 2,247thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,447thLargest Governments: 2,803rdMost Secular: 3,037thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,398thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,586thLargest Mining Sector: 4,135thRudest Citizens: 4,435thMost Efficient Economies: 4,866thLargest Populations: 5,270thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,332ndHighest Average Incomes: 5,374thMost Stationary: 9,484thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,810thTop
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Most Influential: 14,228thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,736thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,866thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,718th
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Lowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 10th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 19th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 19th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 20th in the regionLargest Populations: 21st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 22nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Secular: 24th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 25th in the regionLargest Governments: 27th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 28th in the regionRudest Citizens: 31st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 32nd in the regionMost Stationary: 43rd in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 55th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 58th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Jelekova, the latest Harry Potter book is a bestseller.
  • : Following new legislation in Jelekova, police regularly arrest families playing Monopoly.
  • : Following new legislation in Jelekova, the nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea.
  • : Following new legislation in Jelekova, Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity.
  • : Jelekova was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Jelekova, the cancellation of "The Real Vixens of Kamarina" has been described as a real blow for entertainment.
  • : Jelekova was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Jelekova was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Following new legislation in Jelekova, denied drugs and entertainment the nation's youth are taking to petty crime to alleviate their boredom.
  • : Following new legislation in Jelekova, the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Kamarina Times is sold out.

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