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Northern African Sahara

Population10.032 billion

CapitalAlexandria Federal City
LeaderRahim Akhter
FaithState Secularism

CurrencyNAS Dollar

The Union of Northern African Sahara is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Rahim Akhter with an even hand, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, smutty television, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, humorless population of 10.032 billion Northern African Saharans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Alexandria Federal City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Northern African Saharan economy, worth a remarkable 3,042 trillion NAS Dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 303,280 NAS Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The automotive industry soaks up huge government handouts, refugees from other nations are flocking to Northern African Sahara's border, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers, and student athletes gaze forlornly at abandoned Hawkball fields. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Northern African Sahara's national animal is the Hawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is State Secularism.

Northern African Sahara is ranked 205,414th in the world and 2,070th in 10000 Islands for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -20.64 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 148thMost Scientifically Advanced: 266thHighest Average Tax Rates: 291stSafest: 291stLargest Governments: 331stLowest Crime Rates: 347thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 391stSmartest Citizens: 405thMost Inclusive: 441stMost Developed: 455thHighest Poor Incomes: 459thLargest Information Technology Sector: 492ndLongest Average Lifespans: 518thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 526thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 585thHealthiest Citizens: 712thMost Beautiful Environments: 767thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 912thMost Secular: 975thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,013thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,014thMost Efficient Economies: 1,132ndMost Influential: 1,220thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,541stMost Advanced Public Education: 1,569thHighest Average Incomes: 1,897thTop
Most Cultured: 2,296thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,456thBest Weather: 2,613thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,874thRudest Citizens: 3,930thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,004thHighest Economic Output: 4,026thNicest Citizens: 4,163rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,204thMost Stationary: 8,127thMost Armed: 9,134thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 12,151stMost Corrupt Governments: 12,248thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,699thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,637thMost Income Equality: 16,142nd
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionSafest: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 10th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Inclusive: 11th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 12th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 14th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 16th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 16th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 18th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 21st in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 22nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 22nd in the regionMost Secular: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 25th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 26th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 28th in the regionMost Cultured: 47th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 50th in the regionBest Weather: 51st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 55th in the regionRudest Citizens: 58th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 65th in the regionMost Influential: 79th in the regionNicest Citizens: 81st in the regionMost Stationary: 82nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 89th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 95th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 95th in the regionTop
Most Armed: 122nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 124th in the regionMost Income Equality: 158th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 174th in the regionLargest Populations: 178th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 191st in the region

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