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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,504thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,172ndLargest Publishing Industry: 2,321st
The South Side of Heaven of
Left-wing Utopia
Forest Embassy
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Steppe

Population5.433 billion

CapitalGilead
LeaderRoland Deschain
FaithDrifting

Currencytrail dust
AnimalWild Horse

The South Side of Heaven of Steppe is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Roland Deschain with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, smutty television, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 5.433 billion Drifters 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 large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gilead. The average income tax rate is 90.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Drifting economy, worth 906 trillion trail dusts a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 166,763 trail dusts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars, psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Roland Deschain to meetings with foreign heads of state, fifteen-year-olds cannot walk younger siblings to school without a professional Childcare and Education Certificate, and the police have reaffirmed their tough stance on drugs. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Steppe's national animal is the Wild Horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Drifting.

Steppe is ranked 4,831st in the world and 9th in Texas for Most Developed, scoring 94.22 on the Human Development Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,504thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,172ndLargest Publishing Industry: 2,321stTop
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Nicest Citizens: 2,611thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,721stMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,764thSafest: 2,903rdHealthiest Citizens: 3,983rdMost Cultured: 4,062ndMost Pacifist: 4,073rdLongest Average Lifespans: 4,315thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,399thBest Weather: 4,631stMost Developed: 4,831stSmartest Citizens: 4,942ndMost Beautiful Environments: 5,081stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,741stMost Inclusive: 5,839thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,108thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,143rdMost Efficient Economies: 6,609thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,634thLowest Crime Rates: 6,786thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,032ndLargest Governments: 7,754thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,831stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,271stMost Advanced Public Education: 8,598thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,245thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,380thHighest Average Incomes: 11,030thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,999thTop
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Most Secular: 13,510thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,756thHighest Economic Output: 20,658thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22,981st
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Nicest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Inclusive: 6th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 9th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 11th in the regionMost Politically Free: 12th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13th in the regionNudest: 13th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 14th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 16th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 16th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 16th in the regionBest Weather: 16th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 17th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 18th in the regionMost Secular: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Steppe, the police have reaffirmed their tough stance on drugs.
  • : Following new legislation in Steppe, fifteen-year-olds cannot walk younger siblings to school without a professional Childcare and Education Certificate.
  • : Following new legislation in Steppe, psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Roland Deschain to meetings with foreign heads of state.
  • : Following new legislation in Steppe, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars.
  • : Following new legislation in Steppe, attempts to inform people about their unclaimed property are often mistaken for telephone scams.
  • : Steppe was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Following new legislation in Steppe, the newest East Lebatuckese coins have "long live East Lebatuck" on heads and "death to Steppe" on tails.
  • : Following new legislation in Steppe, exceptionally healthy police officers can sprint after crooks for hours on end.
  • : Following new legislation in Steppe, neighbourhood gossips whip up controversy about those receiving adult merchandise.
  • : Following new legislation in Steppe, children spend all morning taking out a comma and all afternoon putting it back in again.

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