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Safest: 278thLowest Crime Rates: 301stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 393rd
The Kingdom of
Democratic Socialists
Love & Tolerate, or be blown to tiny bits, in Thy mercy
Benevolent Dictator
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Some

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Starlight Blade

Population17.317 billion

CapitalStarSpark City
LeaderBenevolent Dictator
FaithAtheism

CurrencyBit
AnimalAlicorn

The Kingdom of Starlight Blade is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Benevolent Dictator with an even hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 17.317 billion Starlight Bladeans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of StarSpark City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The all-consuming Starlight Bladean economy, worth a remarkable 3,458 trillion Bits a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 199,711 Bits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A suspicious number of John Smiths are known to donate to Starlight Bladean politicians, prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries, the government has ordered a moratorium on referenda, and Starlight Bladeans have recently stopped mysteriously setting off metal detectors. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Starlight Blade's national animal is the Alicorn, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

Starlight Blade is ranked 10,527th in the world and 538th in Lazarus for Most Developed, scoring 89.92 on the Human Development Index.

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Safest: 278thLowest Crime Rates: 301stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 393rdMost Pacifist: 406thMost Advanced Public Transport: 569thMost Advanced Public Education: 579thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 736thLongest Average Lifespans: 834thHealthiest Citizens: 874thHighest Average Tax Rates: 914thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,021stLargest Governments: 1,070thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,082ndLargest Welfare Programs: 1,099thSmartest Citizens: 1,167thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,192ndNicest Citizens: 1,240thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,400thMost Secular: 1,528thBest Weather: 1,960thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,962ndTop
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Most Cultured: 2,466thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,878thMost Inclusive: 3,327thHighest Economic Output: 3,868thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,316thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,423rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,483rdHighest Average Incomes: 6,754thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,770thMost Developed: 10,527thLargest Populations: 11,833rdTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 22,466thMost Stationary: 23,825th
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Lowest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionSafest: 12th in the regionMost Pacifist: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 24th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 26th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 34th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 36th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 36th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 37th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 39th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 45th in the regionNicest Citizens: 46th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 46th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 46th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 49th in the regionLargest Governments: 52nd in the regionMost Secular: 57th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 58th in the regionBest Weather: 80th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 93rd in the regionMost Cultured: 116th in the regionMost Inclusive: 127th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 132nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 187th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 201st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 205th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 260th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 344th in the regionLargest Populations: 350th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 397th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 417th in the regionMost Developed: 538th in the regionMost Influential: 616th in the regionNudest: 733rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Starlight Blade was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Starlight Blade was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Following new legislation in Starlight Blade, Starlight Bladeans have recently stopped mysteriously setting off metal detectors.
  • : Following new legislation in Starlight Blade, the government has ordered a moratorium on referenda.
  • : Following new legislation in Starlight Blade, prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries.
  • : Following new legislation in Starlight Blade, a suspicious number of John Smiths are known to donate to Starlight Bladean politicians.
  • : Following new legislation in Starlight Blade, a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts.
  • : Following new legislation in Starlight Blade, document forgery is a critical skill for would-be politicians.
  • : Following new legislation in Starlight Blade, small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome.
  • : Following new legislation in Starlight Blade, plain-clothes police officers follow Dàguó tourists everywhere they go.

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