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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 1stMost Pro-Market: 1stMost Politically Free: 2nd
The Element of
Anarchy
Didn't see that coming.
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Corrupted

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Surprise

Population19.59 billion

Capitalanywhere
LeaderSir Prize
Faithastonishment

Currencyshock
Animalshark

The Element of Surprise is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Sir Prize with a fair hand, and renowned for its absence of drug laws and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-working, democratic population of 19.59 billion surprises live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The medium-sized, liberal, pro-business, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Social Policy, and International Aid. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of anywhere. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 16.5%.

The strong surprised economy, worth 835 trillion shocks a year, is quite specialized and led by the Gambling industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Trout Farming. Average income is 42,665 shocks, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 290,075 per year while the poor average 2,292, a ratio of 126 to 1.

Mr Happy's Funland has just been named Surprise's new capital, Sir Prize has just been declared ruler of Surprise in an international press conference, and astonishment has been named as Surprise's national religion. Crime is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Surprise's national animal is the shark, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is astonishment.

Surprise is ranked 163,077th in the world and 1,234th in 10000 Islands for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring zero on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 1stMost Pro-Market: 1stMost Politically Free: 2ndHighest Drug Use: 2ndMost Extreme: 490thMost Stationary: 1,454thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1,470thTop
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Largest Populations: 6,842ndNudest: 7,738thLargest Gambling Industry: 9,637thMost Influential: 9,817thRudest Citizens: 9,842ndTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 16,913thMost Armed: 19,702ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,172ndHighest Economic Output: 20,543rdHighest Crime Rates: 21,165th
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 16th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16th in the regionLargest Populations: 67th in the regionNudest: 71st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 73rd in the regionTop
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Largest Gambling Industry: 77th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 106th in the regionFattest Citizens: 143rd in the regionMost Armed: 145th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Surprise changed its national motto to "Didn't see that coming.".
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate and Highest Economic Output.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Surprise was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.

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