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The Oxymoron of Apox

“If in doubt, have some cake”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Location: Esportiva

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

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The Oxymoron of Apox is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Lorcan Oberhausen with a fair hand, and remarkable for its public floggings, ubiquitous missile silos, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic, devout population of 19.273 billion Apoxians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, outspoken government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dwile. The average income tax rate is 81.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Apoxian economy, worth a remarkable 1,117 trillion Pounds a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, extremely specialized black market in Book Publishing and Arms Manufacturing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 57,990 Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Group hugs break out during floor votes, blind students are at a disadvantage now that test papers printed in braille have been discontinued, maritime signalling has become tedious since only the Apoxian flag can be displayed, and in the Beginning was the Word and the Word was "Pragmatism". Crime is well under control, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Apox's national animal is the Platypus, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is a major religion.

Apox is ranked 42,406th in the world and 31st in Esportiva for Most Developed, scoring 68.48 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,724thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 3,414thBest Weather: 3,600thMost Influential: 3,618thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,159thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,819thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,610thLargest Black Market: 8,167thLargest Populations: 8,391stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,687thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,939thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,612thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,521stTop
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Most Cultured: 13,542ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,876thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 15,317thMost Stationary: 15,555thHighest Economic Output: 16,415thMost Politically Free: 19,298thSmartest Citizens: 22,461st
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7th in the regionBest Weather: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionNudest: 8th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 8th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 15 » Kernovi, South Newlandia, The Grearish Union, Damukuni, Filindostan, Zeta Reka and Hugeltaldom, Sylestone, Ancherion, Kita-Hinode, Nova Anglican Admin Zone of Esportiva, Bongo Johnson, The Licentian Isles, Naessia, Tumbran World Assembly Mission, and The 14 Stars.