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Kelssek

Population37.18 billion

CapitalNeorvins
Leaderthe Prime Minister

Currencythaler
Animalpolar bear

The Socialist Commonwealth of Kelssek is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by the Prime Minister with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 37.18 billion Kelssekians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Neorvins. The average income tax rate is 96.2%.

The powerhouse Kelssek economy, worth a remarkable 4,690 trillion thalers a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 126,147 thalers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Prime Minister can often be seen hanging around playgrounds chatting with the kids, incarcerated crime lords manage their empires from massage tables, it is technically inaccurate to call the dead 'worm food', and lifelong celibates are surprised to receive government-issue condoms in the post. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kelssek's national animal is the polar bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Kelssek is ranked 8,052nd in the world and 186th in The East Pacific for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 3,640.08 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

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Lowest Crime Rates: 12,553rdMost Developed: 14,533rdMost Inclusive: 17,501stMost Secular: 19,806thHighest Average Incomes: 21,165thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 22,317th
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Largest Populations: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 27th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 33rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 34th in the regionBest Weather: 42nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 45th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 51st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 55th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 59th in the regionMost Cultured: 61st in the regionMost Stationary: 71st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 80th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 80th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 107th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 109th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 154th in the regionLargest Governments: 156th in the regionMost Pacifist: 168th in the regionMost Influential: 186th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 186th in the regionNicest Citizens: 192nd in the regionSafest: 217th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 228th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 237th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 250th in the regionNudest: 282nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 304th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 358th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 388th in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 444th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 448th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 533rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 598th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 627th in the regionMost Secular: 674th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 797th in the region

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