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Least Corrupt Governments: 6,952ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,989thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,926th
The Benevolent Protective Empire of
Left-wing Utopia Utopia
Ormea, unto Ourselves
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Superb

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Ormea

Population15.54 billion

CapitalPalacaurbo
LeaderVilhelmo la Unua

CurrencyCommonwealth Crown
Animalridgebacked lemur

The Benevolent Protective Empire of Ormea is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Vilhelmo la Unua with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 15.54 billion Ormeans 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Palacaurbo. The average income tax rate is 81.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Ormean economy, worth 755 trillion Commonwealth Crowns a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 48,584 Commonwealth Crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sniffer dogs are trained to follow clouds of fruity-smelling vapor, voting for pro-Bigtopian candidates is voluntary, politicians who misplace decimal points on expense reports are fired for gross incompetence, and every week is blindness awareness week. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ormea's national animal is the ridgebacked lemur, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Ormea is ranked 51,882nd in the world and 14th in The Commonwealth of Crowns for Most Developed, scoring 64.77 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Beautiful Environments: 12,926thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,508thBest Weather: 13,925thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,941stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,480thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,586thLargest Populations: 15,471stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,642ndSmartest Citizens: 19,666thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,776thMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,174thSafest: 23,195thLongest Average Lifespans: 23,972nd
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Most Income Equality: 2nd in the region

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