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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,734thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,445thLargest Governments: 2,770th
The Syrian Arab Republic of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Unity, Freedom, Socialism
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Great Expanses

Population8.837 billion

LeaderPresident Bashar al-Assad

CurrencySyrian lira
AnimalSyrian Brown Bear

The Syrian Arab Republic of The Great Expanses is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by President Bashar al-Assad with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, pith helmet sales, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 8.837 billion Syrians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Damascus. The average income tax rate is 97.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Syrian economy, worth a remarkable 1,819 trillion Syrian lire a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 205,904 Syrian lire, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Wilderness-dwelling hermits are surprised to find railway stations on their front doorsteps, hundreds of subterranean tunnels are being built as part of "Project Morlock", on-duty Air The Great Expanses flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class, and military officers are given medals for disobeying orders. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Great Expanses's national animal is the Syrian Brown Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Islam.

The Great Expanses is ranked 2,964th in the world and 1st in The Geopolitics Roleplay Region for Largest Information Technology Sector, scoring 48,227.09 on the Fann-Boi Productivity Index.

Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,734thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 2,445thLargest Governments: 2,770thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,771stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,964thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,978thMost Developed: 3,124thMost Cultured: 3,167thSafest: 3,278thSmartest Citizens: 3,690thLowest Crime Rates: 3,724thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,915thMost Inclusive: 4,003rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,119thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,228thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,619thMost Efficient Economies: 4,773rdMost Advanced Public Education: 4,916thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,693rdHighest Average Incomes: 5,794thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,410thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,501stHealthiest Citizens: 6,646thMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,436thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,611thHighest Economic Output: 8,540thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,903rdMost Beautiful Environments: 10,638thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,592ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,416thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,473rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,801stMost Secular: 16,456th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the region

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