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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,696th Least Corrupt Governments: 6,207th Most Pacifist: 12,575th
The Free Land of
Democratic Socialists
No u
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Excellent

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The Upper Low

Population211 million

Currencybitcoin
Animaldead dolphin

The Free Land of The Upper Low is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its public floggings, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 211 million Upper Lowians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 60.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Upper Lowian economy, worth 15.6 trillion bitcoins a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 73,873 bitcoins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Comic books avoid plot inconsistencies by removing the plot, the request to "give us our daily bread" can only be fulfilled six days out of seven, billions of bitcoins are spent to take high-quality photos of the Dead Dolphin Nebula, and drug distribution is tightly controlled by the government. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Upper Low's national animal is the dead dolphin, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Upper Low is ranked 61,819th in the world and 2,676th in The East Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 50.99 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,696thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,207thTop
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Most Pacifist: 12,575thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,670thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,236thNicest Citizens: 15,002ndMost Influential: 15,882nd
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Least Corrupt Governments: 189th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 298th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 402nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 417th in the regionNicest Citizens: 436th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 536th in the regionSafest: 568th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 601st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 608th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 608th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Upper Low, drug distribution is tightly controlled by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in The Upper Low, billions of bitcoins are spent to take high-quality photos of the Dead Dolphin Nebula.
  • : Following new legislation in The Upper Low, the request to "give us our daily bread" can only be fulfilled six days out of seven.
  • : Following new legislation in The Upper Low, comic books avoid plot inconsistencies by removing the plot.
  • : Following new legislation in The Upper Low, the comic book series 'Leader and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller.
  • : Following new legislation in The Upper Low, the installation of street lights across remote goat tracks has left citizens bemused.
  • : Following new legislation in The Upper Low, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets.
  • : The Upper Low was endorsed by The Dominion of Aelitia.
  • : Following new legislation in The Upper Low, the nation's ambassadors often conduct their business in jail cells.
  • : Following new legislation in The Upper Low, factories grind to a halt every time there is an election.

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