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The Egalitarian Republic of
Liberal Democratic Socialists Ivory Tower Reality Disconnect Zone
The eye of the storm
Influence
Truckler
Councillor of the Interior
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Economy
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Araine

Population1.882 billion

CapitalVraisten
LeaderAshton Thorne
FaithAgnosticism

CurrencyCredits
Animaldewdrop fox

The Egalitarian Republic of Araine is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Ashton Thorne with a fair hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, complete lack of prisons, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.882 billion Araineans love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vraisten. The average income tax rate is 81.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Arainean economy, worth 169 trillion Credits a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 90,267 Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Every week is blindness awareness week, political scientists despair as the national mascot election eclipses all others in voter enthusiasm, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting, and Little League matches are often attended by riot police with water cannon... just in case. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Araine's national animal is the dewdrop fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Agnosticism.

Araine is ranked 224,498th in the world and 178th in Refugia for Most Primitive, scoring -225.39 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 3,168thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,223rdBest Weather: 5,123rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,589thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,973rdNicest Citizens: 7,371stMost Influential: 7,736thMost Inclusive: 8,262ndHealthiest Citizens: 8,278thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,562ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,563rdLongest Average Lifespans: 9,114thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,534thMost Pacifist: 9,640thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,151stSafest: 10,326thMost Secular: 10,346thMost Developed: 10,999thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,340thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 12,344thLowest Crime Rates: 13,892ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,591stSmartest Citizens: 15,311thLargest Information Technology Sector: 20,030thLargest Publishing Industry: 20,249thHighest Poor Incomes: 20,314thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,611thLargest Welfare Programs: 20,768thMost Subsidized Industry: 21,840thLargest Governments: 22,476thMost Cheerful Citizens: 22,877th
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Most Secular: 16th in the regionMost Influential: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16th in the regionBest Weather: 17th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 19th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 19th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 20th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 20th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Araine, Little League matches are often attended by riot police with water cannon... just in case.
  • : Following new legislation in Araine, exorbitant spending on icebreakers breaks the ice at every budget meeting.
  • : Following new legislation in Araine, political scientists despair as the national mascot election eclipses all others in voter enthusiasm.
  • : Araine was endorsed by The Free Land of Nether Budgerigar.
  • : Araine was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Following new legislation in Araine, every week is blindness awareness week.
  • : Araine lodged a message on the Refugia Regional Message Board.
  • : Araine endorsed The Free Land of Nether Budgerigar.
  • : Araine endorsed The Rogue Nation of Chill and Cool Vibes.
  • : Following new legislation in Araine, late night adverts for breast milk co-ops regularly win pornography industry awards.

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