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The Ongoing State of Absentia

“We Are A Bush. Move Along.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Location: CDW Federation

Regional Influence: Hermit

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The Ongoing State of Absentia is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by youse with an even hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, compulsory vegetarianism, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 37.89 billion Absentians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The tiny, corrupt government prioritizes Education, with Industry, Administration, and Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Middle of Nowhere. The average income tax rate is 4.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Absentian economy, worth an astonishing 20,136 trillion ergs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 531,454 ergs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Refugees from other nations are flocking to Absentia's border, hammer and sickle-wielding space marines are such stuff that dreams are made on, any citizen who cries is immediately assigned a psychiatrist, and anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card. Crime is totally unknown. Absentia's national animal is the cambot, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Absentia is ranked 2,537th in the world and 1st in CDW Federation for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 156.85 on the Hayek Index.

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Most Secular: 2ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 2ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 4thSmartest Citizens: 10thHighest Economic Output: 75thHighest Poor Incomes: 102ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 110thHealthiest Citizens: 129thMost Developed: 150thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 162ndLongest Average Lifespans: 171stHighest Average Incomes: 224thLargest Populations: 225thMost Inclusive: 286thMost Efficient Economies: 299thRudest Citizens: 432ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 453rdMost Rebellious Youth: 455thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 483rdLargest Publishing Industry: 620thMost Beautiful Environments: 722ndLargest Black Market: 785thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,118thMost Stationary: 1,186thLargest Governments: 1,215thLargest Retail Industry: 1,421stLargest Mining Sector: 2,200thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2,455thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,527thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,537thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,350thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,702ndMost Subsidized Industry: 3,937thSafest: 4,595thMost Cultured: 5,116thMost Pacifist: 7,811thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,058thLowest Crime Rates: 8,171stMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,603rdMost Influential: 8,777thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,060th

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