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Most Valuable International Artwork: 392ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 534thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 560th
The Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Strength in Unity
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Population7.843 billion

LeaderJorge Ribeiro


The Republic of Surd is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Jorge Ribeiro with a fair hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, smutty television, and daily referendums. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.843 billion Surds 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 enormous, liberal, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Guend. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Surdic economy, worth a remarkable 1,844 trillion Fioris 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 Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 235,121 Fioris, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The fire brigade often deal with cases of burnt toast, abortions are routinely performed in the nation's hospitals, the needs of the living outweigh the needs of the dead, and Surdic novella fans become unusually flustered when thinking about Jorge Ribeiro. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Surd's national animal is the Robin, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Surd is ranked 239,426th in the world and 8,113th in Lazarus for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -26.72 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 392ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 534thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 560thNicest Citizens: 629thMost Developed: 639thSafest: 650thLongest Average Lifespans: 723rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 779thHealthiest Citizens: 807thBest Weather: 824thMost Pacifist: 858thHighest Average Tax Rates: 869thLowest Crime Rates: 946thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,017thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,037thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,061stMost Advanced Public Education: 1,110thLargest Governments: 1,116thMost Inclusive: 1,204thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,300thSmartest Citizens: 1,312thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,314thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,449thMost Secular: 1,502ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,610thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,041stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,117thMost Cultured: 2,252ndTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,653rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,689thMost Efficient Economies: 2,800thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,168thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,488thMost Influential: 3,659thHighest Average Incomes: 4,167thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,329thHighest Economic Output: 9,225thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,540thTop
Most Income Equality: 12,397th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 10th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 14th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 18th in the regionNicest Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Developed: 25th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 29th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 30th in the regionBest Weather: 34th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 35th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 36th in the regionSafest: 36th in the regionMost Pacifist: 37th in the regionMost Inclusive: 40th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 40th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 42nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 45th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 47th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 50th in the regionMost Secular: 53rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 55th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 56th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 58th in the regionLargest Governments: 58th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 60th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 64th in the regionMost Influential: 70th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 78th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 109th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 115th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 128th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 137th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 171st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 173rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 206th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 216th in the regionMost Income Equality: 305th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 456th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 502nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 565th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 635th in the region

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