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Piscina

Population3.571 billion

CapitalCivitas Libera
LeaderChancellor Herbert Garlan

CurrencyCertainly Not Yerbit
AnimalSalmon

The Republic of Piscina is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Chancellor Herbert Garlan with an even hand, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, anti-smoking policies, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate population of 3.571 billion Piscinans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — prioritizes Education, although Administration, Healthcare, and Environment are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Civitas Libera. The average income tax rate is 91.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Piscinan economy, worth 323 trillion Certainly Not Yerbits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 90,554 Certainly Not Yerbits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There has been a series of riots between local cannibals and health food advocates, the election for Chancellor Herbert Garlan's office's janitor is heating up, prisoners regularly escape detention posing as scarecrows, and the government supplies ragtag bands of resistance fighters in exchange for vague promises of future payment. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Piscina's national animal is the Salmon, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Piscina is ranked 14,107th in the world and 248th in 10000 Islands for Most Developed, scoring 87.83 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Influential: 3,285thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,413thMost Pacifist: 3,962ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,127thSafest: 4,576thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,856thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,949thMost Secular: 5,641stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,211thBest Weather: 6,346thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,893rdHealthiest Citizens: 7,321stLongest Average Lifespans: 7,592ndMost Beautiful Environments: 7,808thNicest Citizens: 7,844thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,994thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,286thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,379thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,524thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,452ndLowest Crime Rates: 9,744thSmartest Citizens: 10,762ndMost Inclusive: 11,181stTop
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Most Developed: 14,107thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,231stLargest Governments: 15,850thMost Income Equality: 17,154thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,425thLeast Corrupt Governments: 18,227thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,475thMost Cultured: 20,167thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,269th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 56th in the regionMost Pacifist: 73rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 82nd in the regionSafest: 86th in the regionMost Income Equality: 88th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 92nd in the regionMost Secular: 93rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 98th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 106th in the region

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