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The Sanctuary of Elysian Pastures

“Disce Quasi Semper Victurus: Vive Quasi Cras Moriturus”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Location: the South Pacific

Regional Influence: Nipper


The Sanctuary of Elysian Pastures is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Lady Elaine Elysium with a fair hand, and renowned for its punitive income tax rates, restrictive gun laws, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 5.082 billion Elysian Pasturians 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lemon Tree Villa. The average income tax rate is 74.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Elysian Pasturesian economy, worth 407 trillion Shiny Things a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 80,218 Shiny Things, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

The Elysian Pastures Enquirer offers weekly cash prizes for 'most blasphemous song, story, or cartoon', the nation's gigantic air force is both respected and feared, a third of Elysian Pasturians are e-certified CEOs, and private pharmacies close down as medicinal drugs are given away freely by the government. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Elysian Pastures's national animal is the Otter, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is *shrugs*.

Elysian Pastures is ranked 187,161st in the world and 6,417th in the South Pacific for Highest Disposable Incomes, with 20,295.33 Standard Monetary Units.

Largest Welfare Programs: 7,337thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,382ndBest Weather: 10,705thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,950thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,620thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,883rdSafest: 14,253rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,432ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,351stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,671stMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,354thMost Pacifist: 20,075thNicest Citizens: 20,117thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,983rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 22,011thMost Compassionate Citizens: 22,501stLongest Average Lifespans: 23,566th
Largest Welfare Programs: 218th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 340th in the regionBest Weather: 343rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 373rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 375th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 434th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 469th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 502nd in the regionSafest: 503rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 508th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 515th in the regionLargest Populations: 599th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 687th in the regionMost Cultured: 723rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 735th in the regionNicest Citizens: 738th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 777th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 777th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 779th in the regionMost Pacifist: 800th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 815th in the regionLargest Governments: 822nd in the region

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