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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 6,752ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,229thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,804th
The Commonwealth of Australia of
New York Times Democracy
Advance Australia! Vooruitgaan AustraliŽ!
Prime Minister Paul Ackerman
Influence
Shoeshiner
Supreme Court Justice
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Superb

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Vancouver Straits

Population2.088 billion

CapitalCanberra
LeaderPrime Minister Paul Ackerman
FaithSecular

CurrencyAustralian Dollar AUD$
AnimalKangaroo

The Commonwealth of Australia of Vancouver Straits is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Prime Minister Paul Ackerman with a fair hand, and notable for its pith helmet sales, aversion to nipples, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 2.088 billion Australians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Canberra. The average income tax rate is 47.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Australian economy, worth 203 trillion Australian Dollar AUD$s a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 97,426 Australian Dollar AUD$s, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

NPCs in MMORPGs regularly interrupt cutscenes with OOC reminders that they aren't real people, tourists are forbidden to enter Native Australian lands, referenda can be called for any law at the request of at least one third of the voting population, and passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vancouver Straits's national animal is the Kangaroo, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Secular.

Vancouver Straits is ranked 213,719th in the world and 135th in Commonwealth of Liberty for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring -10.72 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 6,752ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,229thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8,804thRudest Citizens: 10,779thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,158thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 11,921stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12,269thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,591stMost Influential: 19,303rd
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 8th in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 12th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the region

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