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The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

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Category: Left-Leaning College State
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Location: the South Pacific

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The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a massive, genial nation, ruled by John Koenig with an even hand, and remarkable for its national health service, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.394 billion Sorrowsians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nazarick. The average income tax rate is 90.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Sorrowsian economy, worth 338 trillion Minoes a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 141,567 Minoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Dog owners proudly declare that their pups can predict when the mailman will arrive, the government pours millions of Minoes into rehabilitation programs annually, with increasingly clear skies nobody seems to mind the electricity bill going through the roof, and political satirists and late night comedians weep as the government begins cleaning up its act. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Obscure Sorrows's national animal is the lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Morii.

Obscure Sorrows is ranked 8,232nd in the world and 266th in the South Pacific for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 11,800.85 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,109thTop
Most Influential: 2,590thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,753rdHealthiest Citizens: 4,782ndLongest Average Lifespans: 5,880thMost Developed: 6,323rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,479thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,433rdSmartest Citizens: 7,655thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,696thBest Weather: 8,169thMost Inclusive: 8,211thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,232ndNicest Citizens: 8,388thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,553rdLargest Governments: 8,999thMost Efficient Economies: 10,216thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,232ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,271stMost Subsidized Industry: 10,287thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,736thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,782ndLowest Crime Rates: 11,489thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,022ndTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 12,572ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,912thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,597thHighest Average Incomes: 16,212thMost Secular: 17,213thMost Cultured: 19,430thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,220th
Largest Publishing Industry: 122nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 158th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 198th in the regionMost Developed: 207th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 219th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 236th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 238th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 241st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 247th in the regionLargest Governments: 252nd in the regionBest Weather: 255th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 263rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 266th in the regionMost Inclusive: 285th in the regionNicest Citizens: 297th in the regionMost Influential: 306th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 312th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 321st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 330th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 338th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 351st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 355th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 364th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 373rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 376th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 393rd in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 430th in the regionRudest Citizens: 471st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 488th in the regionMost Cultured: 560th in the regionMost Secular: 593rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 684th in the region

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