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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 74thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 82ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 96th
The Republic of
Left-wing Utopia Utopia
Barba non facit philosophum
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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The Misconception

Population12.74 billion

CapitalSerendipity
FaithThe Church of Bloggessianism

Currencypeble
Animalmanic monkey mind

The Republic of The Misconception is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its daily referendums, smutty television, and lack of airports. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 12.74 billion misconceptians 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, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Serendipity. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient misconceptionian economy, worth a remarkable 2,796 trillion pebles 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 led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism. Average income is an amazing 219,514 pebles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Older ladies are inundated with offers to help them cross the road, sleeping on the job is recommended, parents dread their examinations more than their children, and traveller camps regularly block five-lane superhighways. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Misconception's national animal is the manic monkey mind, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Church of Bloggessianism.

The Misconception is ranked 236,719th in the world and 7,586th in Osiris for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -12.8 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 74thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 82ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 96thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 122ndLargest Welfare Programs: 170thMost Advanced Public Education: 208thMost Pacifist: 244thMost Beautiful Environments: 313thMost Cheerful Citizens: 332ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 352ndMost Inclusive: 403rdNicest Citizens: 417thHighest Average Tax Rates: 433rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 452ndBest Weather: 477thSafest: 522ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 526thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 535thLargest Governments: 590thMost Cultured: 592ndMost Developed: 632ndLongest Average Lifespans: 721stMost Rebellious Youth: 836thLowest Crime Rates: 984thHealthiest Citizens: 1,127thSmartest Citizens: 1,205thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,531stMost Subsidized Industry: 1,660thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,927thHighest Average Incomes: 5,152ndMost Efficient Economies: 5,321stHighest Economic Output: 5,397thMost Income Equality: 10,123rdTop
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Nudest: 12,387thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,578thMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,422ndLargest Populations: 22,511th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Pacifist: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 8th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 11th in the regionMost Cultured: 11th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionSafest: 16th in the regionMost Developed: 16th in the regionBest Weather: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 17th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 20th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 26th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 32nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 33rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 37th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 47th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 62nd in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 123rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 216th in the regionMost Income Equality: 229th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 234th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 234th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 479th in the regionLargest Populations: 695th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 717th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 719th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 744th in the regionMost Politically Free: 768th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, traveller camps regularly block five-lane superhighways.
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, parents dread their examinations more than their children.
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, sleeping on the job is recommended.
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, older ladies are inundated with offers to help them cross the road.
  • : The Misconception altered its national flag.
  • : The Misconception was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : The Misconception was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Dead and Largest Populations.
  • : The Misconception was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Zombies and the Top 10% for Most Zombified.
  • : The Misconception was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : The Misconception was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Income Equality.

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