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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 81stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 83rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 99th
The Republic of
Left-wing Utopia Utopia
Barba non facit philosophum
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Misconception

Population11.363 billion

CapitalSerendipity
FaithThe Church of Bloggessianism

Currencypeble
Animalmanic monkey mind

The Republic of The Misconception is a gargantuan, cultured nation, notable for its daily referendums, rampant corporate plagiarism, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 11.363 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 2,495 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 219,610 pebles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children as young as six shock their parents by coming out of the closet, the government prides itself on being smug and condescending to idiots, people across the world seek to be healthier by eliminating carbs, and solving crossword puzzles requires fluency in at least five languages. 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 81st in the world and 5th in Osiris for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring 10,246.24 on the Clooney Contribution Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 81stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 83rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 99thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 123rdLargest Welfare Programs: 173rdMost Advanced Public Education: 194thMost Pacifist: 236thMost Beautiful Environments: 292ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 308thMost Cheerful Citizens: 338thMost Inclusive: 354thNicest Citizens: 377thHighest Average Tax Rates: 415thLeast Corrupt Governments: 435thBest Weather: 445thMost Compassionate Citizens: 446thSafest: 490thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 547thLargest Governments: 547thMost Cultured: 583rdMost Developed: 603rdLongest Average Lifespans: 685thMost Rebellious Youth: 862ndLowest Crime Rates: 932ndHealthiest Citizens: 1,094thSmartest Citizens: 1,161stHighest Poor Incomes: 1,375thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,462ndTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 2,849thMost Efficient Economies: 4,766thHighest Average Incomes: 4,894thHighest Economic Output: 5,710thTop
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Most Income Equality: 11,493rdNudest: 11,770thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,941stMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,696thLargest Populations: 22,565th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionMost Pacifist: 6th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 12th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionMost Developed: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 14th in the regionSafest: 15th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 17th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 23rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 33rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 37th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 39th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 41st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 58th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 103rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 204th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 221st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 236th in the regionMost Income Equality: 325th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 492nd in the regionLargest Populations: 662nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 728th in the regionMost Politically Free: 728th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 827th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 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.
  • : The Misconception was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : 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 Scientifically Advanced.
  • : The Misconception was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : The Misconception was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, solving crossword puzzles requires fluency in at least five languages.
  • : Following new legislation in The Misconception, people across the world seek to be healthier by eliminating carbs.
  • : The Misconception's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Sprat".

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