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Madurja

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The 2020 Rankings are being developed. Each category is ranged on a level of 100. 100 would be a perfect system. 50-60 is average. 70 is good. With 80-90 being exceptional. Below 50-40 is below average. >40 would be poor. Total score is out of 1,000*
  • Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc.).
  • Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services).
  • Socio-cultural environment (media availability and censorship, limitations on personal freedom).
  • Medical and health considerations (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution, etc.).
  • Schools and education (standards and availability of international schools).
  • Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transportation, traffic congestion, etc.).
  • Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure, etc.).
  • Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars, etc.).
  • Housing (rental housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services).
  • Natural environment (aggregate of overall climate, environmental laws, and record of natural disaster response/prevention).


*Try to be objective when submitting scores, remembering that this would be the University of Cartaxo conducting this listing and assigning numbers- not a government or government entity.

2020 Quality of Life Rankings

Etruria
- 841
Auraria - 793
Asteria - 722
Johnston Isle - 778
Beira - 757
Madurja - 753
Justosia - 700
Furlanie - 655
 
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Furlanìe

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  • Political and social environment 51
  • Economic environment 43
  • Socio-cultural environment 40
  • Medical and health considerations 73
  • Schools and education 49
  • Public services and transportation 78
  • Recreation 94
  • Consumer goods 95
  • Housing 75
  • Natural environment 79
Index total: 677
 
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Merioneth

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Treganna
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Venia
  • Political and social environment 79
The political situation within Merioneth has been stable since the 1993 constitution was implemented. The hereditary head of state holds no power over the political system with the Parliament, particularly the Council, being the dominant player in Merioneth's politics.. The electoral system allows for a wide range of parties to be represented within the nations legislative bodies. Governments are very often made up of 2 or more parties but the National Conservative and Labour parties have been the only parties to hold the office of Prime Minister since 1993. The judiciary is completely removed from the nations politicians with all judges given positions through independent panels made up of their colleagues. The crime rate is low in Merioneth with violent crime being extremely uncommon.
  • Economic environment 73
Merioneth's economy has been criticized for it's strong regulations, particularly on things such as foreign investment. The central bank is owned by the government and holds a lot of power over the nations interest rates. Another major criticism of the economy is the government's control over decisions made by formerly state-owned corporations. The government puts in place strong restrictions on the markets and internal operations of these companies making it hard for the markets to evolve.
  • Socio-cultural environment 85
The constitution of Merioneth makes it extremely hard for the government to place restrictions on the media, freedom of speech and freedom to protest. The state-run broadcasting company, Teledu a Radio Meirionnydd, is renowned for it's impartiality and is bound by law to maintain this impartiality. The protection of human rights is strong in Merioneth with things like same-sex marriage and abortion protected by the nations Constitution.
  • Medical and health considerations 90
All citizens and residents in Merioneth have the option to enrol in the state-funded healthcare program Meddygol Meirionnydd. Every hospital is run and overseen by the state. Pregnant women, children and those over 65 are given free or reduced rates for their health insurance.
  • Schools and education 81
The Tiburan Catholic Church in Merioneth runs around 85% of all schools within Merioneth. Parents have the right to refuse their children from taking part in any religious rituals the schools take part in. A large amount of emphasis is put on subjects such as science, maths and information technology by the government. All children aged from 5 to 16 are required by law to be in education. Young people aged 16 to 18 must either be in work or education at sixth form college. All education for people aged 2 to 18 is funded by the government with the government also paying 95% of the cost for university.
  • Public services and transportation 75
Most public transportation was privatised between 2007 and 2011. The government still puts a large amount of funding towards the public transportation systems. Over recent years particular attention has been paid to high-speed rail. Merioneth is renowned for it's 'smart motorway' system put in place to reduce accidents that has thus far been successful with all motorways in Merioneth expected to use the system by the end of 2019.
  • Recreation 88
Merioneth's nightlife in cities such as Treganna and Gorseinon is extremely vibrant with people from a variety of age groups flocking to the urban areas in the night time to enjoy what they have to offer. For people who aren't interested in the nightlife scene there are many rural areas to discover with activities like mountain climbing, gill scrambling, canoeing and more.
  • Consumer goods 92
Almost all international brands are available within Merioneth. One criticism is the tariffs put on goods by the government.
  • Housing 72
Major cities in Merioneth have faced housing shortages over recent years and have been criticised for the lack of affordability. Strong environmental regulations have made it tough for new housing developments to be built in some areas. Merioneth's government offers social housing to the old and people with children who struggle to afford homes. Under some governments these people have been offered the chance to purchase their homes however this programme was criticised for forcing municipal bodies to give up their assets and making it harder to place people in need of a home in homes and as a result was discontinued.
  • Natural environment 69
Merioneth's environmental protections are world-class. The country has laws in place to ban all diesel and petroleum cars by the year 2035. Those with cars particularly damaging to the environment face yearly penalties for continuing to run the car and are offered incentives to trade in the car. The nation has been investing significantly into green forms of energy with coal, an industry with a long history in Merioneth, being displaced as the nations main source of energy. The government has designated as much as 30% of the nations land area as protected areas where building is given extremely tight regulations and as many as 97% of planning permission requests are denied.

Index Total: 804
 
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Natal

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  • Political and social environment 65
The Natal has a two party system with the Hippos and the Hyenas representing the two main political factions. While this leaves no chance for complicated and vulnerable coalitions, the Natalian political factions are known for being vulnerable to MPs switching parties mid term, with the latest political crisis bringing down the Hyena government. While the cities are safe, many of the townships are lacking local police stations, albeit they do have 24/7 patrols, as they are seen as hotbeds of criminality. The Judiciary is independent and the country uses a tinkered version of the Engellexic Human Commodity System, called the Rehabilitation through Labour Scheme.
  • Economic environment 59
The National Bank of Central Himyar is the main state owned bank of Natal, with several large banks operating in the coastal republics. The Natalian Pound (which fluctuates a lot and is the weakest of the Engell currencies) is regulated by the NBCH. In the inland territories and the northern states, there are many local and cooperative banks, but the more inland and to the north east one goes, there is a striking lack of banking infrastructure.
  • Socio-cultural environment 76
The media is free and one can see a generalised and usual lack of government interference in the subjects published by the newspapers. There are some newspapers which have been traditionally been associated with pro-government positions, such as the Harton Chronicle, but even that one has been a powerful critic of it. The score is brought down by the ban on the imports of religious books, but if bibles and qurans are locally printed, they don't meet any problems.
  • Medical and health considerations 65
The Natal respects the human right to healthcare, as taxpaying entails a form of basic health insurance, even though the quality received only based on that is seen as subpar and it is recommended to have a parallel private insurance too.
  • Schools and education 60
The Constitution of the Federation declares that all schooling up to the 12th grade is to be compulsory and free. School infrastructure varies greatly, with schools in Harton, Blackmere or Camp Hill, having state of the art equipment and classes of 15 students, to schools around Mzuz, Balaka or Chama struggling with classes of over 35 or even 40 students and a generalised austerity. The Natalian schooling system, offers free tuition for the top third best students, from undergrad to PhD. This makes competition at its premier universities, the Sunbelt University in Camp Hill and the Equatorial University in Harton to be extremely stiff.
  • Public services and transportation 55
With the exception of the Central Himyari Airways, the Jacaranda Airlines and the Harmattan Services (the intercity railway services), which are federally funded and have good infrastructure, everything else is funded on a state lever and thus great differences can be seen between the coastal republics and the northern states, with no railways existing in the Loda and Mbunda States and only one railway with four trains a day linking Mzuzu with Blackmere in the Rozvi Kingdom.
  • Recreation 79
The Natal is seen as one of the biggest producers of TV series, movies and theatrical productions, with the Natalian Broadcasting Corporation (NABC) founding many of the productions, which are then either aired on TVN1 or on the corporation's online streaming service, Natflick. Combs Street is seen as the main centres of the world for musical theatre, with around a dozen theatres lined in the centre of the Harton. The country hosts the Blackmere International Movie Festival every December. Sports wise, Rugby is the most popular sport with the Jacaranda and the Four Nations cup being hosted in the Federation. Gardening, hiking and surfing are also popular activities, with the safaris being seen as mostly for tourists.
  • Consumer goods 75
Consummer goods can be widely found everywhere, with many cars, appliances, food products being locally produced. While many Natalians prefer to do the shopping in supermarkets like the AMB Market, it is still a very popular pastime that early on the Saturday morning people go to the farmers' markets and buy produce and cheeses. In the townships, with supermarkets appearing only in the more gentrified ones, there are many informal shops set up in one room of one's house, called Spaza shops.
  • Housing 59
Housing is a problem in Natalia that the government is now pushing to tackle it. The construction industry, especially for housing did not keep the same level of development as the rise of population, leaving the country with a housing crisis. Rents are extremely high in the main towns and many of the poor people live in the shanty towns called Townships. The government has started 5 years ago an ambitious plan to build two million houses by systematising the townships.
  • Natural environment 80
The Natural environment of Natalia ranges from limited jungles in the deep southern coasts, to savannas in the other regions and desert to the extreme north and east. It is a region usually hit by freak storms in the Wadjet Sea and by cyclones during the Wet Season on the southern coasts, but the authorities are well funded to be ready to respond to any crisis. The north east is sometimes hit by dust storms from the Sea of Fire Desert, but they aren't major. There is a growing problem with a shifting weather pattern as the wet season seems to start later and later in the recent times.
Index total: 673
 
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Ostmark

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  • Political and social environment 74
  • Economic environment 41
  • Socio-cultural environment 22
  • Medical and health considerations 91
  • Schools and education 66
  • Public services and transportation 62
  • Recreation 57
  • Consumer goods 19
  • Housing 89
  • Natural environment 73
Index Total: 594
 

Etruria

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Lars
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  • Political and social environment 78
The Grand Duchy of Lars is a politically stable nation. The constitution allows the formation of any political party as long as it does not go against democratic principles. The representation of minorities is also guaranteed on the constitution. Many parties are present at the local level and then merge into the four main parties at national level. The judiciary is independent. The most striking crimes often involve white collar workers, fraud, financial deception and the use of confidential data are the main crimes. Violent crime is almost entirely absent, which is why police officers are armed only with non-lethal weapons.
  • Economic environment 81
In the Grand Duchy there are several large banks and multiple smaller banks such as savings banks and cooperative credit spread throughout the national territory. The national bank ensures that there is no possibility of the creation of monopolies by the big banks at the expense of the minor ones that are fundamental for the less well off. The national currency is regulated by an independent "Banco Ducale" body approved by Parliament every ten years.
  • Socio-cultural environment 82
There are no prior complaints or limitations of any kind on fundamental human rights on the part of the Grand Duchy. By law, the press is also financed by the government, which in any case has no decision-making power in any editorial office. The only newspaper that the government publishes is a report of laws that the senate has approved and that will enter into force in the following 30 days.
  • Medical and health considerations 85
The Grand Duchy protects health as a fundamental right of the individual and as a collective interest, and guarantees free medical care to the indigent.
  • Schools and education 75
The school is secular and open to all. Lower education, taught for at least 10 years, is compulsory and free. The able and deserving, even if without means, have the right to reach the highest levels of studies. The universities are public and the university tuition is decided based on the student's family income. Education, however, is poorly funded and parents often have to buy hygienic material, soap, toilet paper, etc., for their children due to the lack of funds from some schools. There are also private schools.
  • Public services and transportation 90
Public transport is heavily financed and encouraged by the governments of the Grand Duchy. The railways are present throughout the national territory and high speed connects all the major national and international urban centers. There are public and private operators on the railways.
  • Recreation 85
The wines, food and theater are the cornerstones of a good evening spent in the Grand Duchy. There are many activities offered by the cities of the Grand Duchy, from historical re-enactments of Lari to evenings in the most exclusive and fashionable clubs of Pisa. National sport is fencing.
  • Consumer goods 81
Access to goods from the rest of the world is simple, there are many agreements aimed at lowering customs duties or eliminating them altogether. Goods from "dictatorships" often pass through a third country before reaching Lars.
  • Housing 74
The Grand Duchy suffers from a problem that plagues multiple historic European cities. Historic cities become depopulated and as a result commercial activities are transformed for tourism purposes. Many B & Bs and restaurants are born, while the houses are often rented to the same tourists in the hottest periods or to students, often without contracts. Many historical artifacts in private hands have yet to be adapted to modern earthquake standards.
  • Natural environment 80
Index Total: 811
 
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Auraria

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  • Political and social environment 75
  • Economic environment 75
  • Socio-cultural environment 85
  • Medical and health considerations 85
  • Schools and education 85
  • Public services and transportation 80
  • Recreation 90
  • Consumer goods 81
  • Housing 65
  • Natural environment 85
Index Total: 806
 
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Azraq

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  • Political and social environment 57
  • Economic environment 51
  • Socio-cultural environment 48
  • Medical and health considerations 27
  • Schools and education 31
  • Public services and transportation 35
  • Recreation 39
  • Consumer goods 39
  • Housing 35
  • Natural environment 55
Total 417
 

Serenierre

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  • Political and social environment 57
  • Economic environment 77
  • Socio-cultural environment 91
  • Medical and health considerations 84
  • Schools and education 77
  • Public services and transportation 59
  • Recreation 61
  • Consumer goods 63
  • Housing 86
  • Natural environment 75
Total 730
 

Pohjanmaan Republic

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Pohjanmaan 2019 Review in Partnership with the University of Haaga

Political and social environment 68
The political condition in Pohjanmaa is well known for its stability and cohesion. The illegality of political parties reduces the Pohjanmaan score; however, there is a greater deal of involvement in the political process in Pohjanmaa than most nations due to its unique political system. Crime is low, but law enforcement is irregular and there is not much faith in the police system or the criminal justice system which often finds itself at odds with the ideology of Post-Delegationism.
Economic environment 75
General banking laws prevent the creation of banks large enough to monopolize lending. Most people banking with cooperatives and credit unions. The Markka is regulated by an independent body approved by the Parliament every ten years.
Socio-cultural environment 70
Pohjanmaa has nearly no limitations on media availability and censorship does not exist. The score is dramatically dropped by refusals of the Commonwealth to allow for action upon politics contrary to the Post-Delegationist doctrine.
Medical and health considerations 65
Availability of medical supplies is generally good, but their affordability can be difficult for many inhabitants. Without a universal healthcare system, access to medical services can bankrupt individuals without the ability to afford an expensive private health insurance. Life spans are high, but generally lower than similarly developed countries. Poorer communities can find easily preventable diseases rampant, especially STIs/STDs.
Schools and education 70
Education is provided by communities and is generally privatized. Some access can be poor in very rural areas. University education is privatized and of high quality at the two major universities, the University of Haaga and the University of Pispala. Both universities have heritages that go back to rule under the Great Northern Empire. University can be expensive, but is of such a high quality that is makes up for the set backs in the private primary school system for younger ages. A Bachelor’s university degree is typically five years long due to the poor state of the primary system, and the extra year helps students catch up to European standards. The expense of university often forces poorer students to attend a trade school or a “high school” which could be comparable to a college or community college in some countries.
Public services and transportation 60
Public services are nearly unheard of as most services are privately operated. This can create expensive transportation systems, and expensive toll routes. Traffic congestion can be heavy due to the lack of public transportation. A lack of public services to clear snow and ice can cause trouble commuting and snowmobiles are common to work around this, but present a barrier to poorer inhabitants. Despite the system’s shortcomings, the proper infrastructure does exist.
Recreation 80
Pohjanmaa has access to plenty of outdoor activities, especially in regards to winter sports such as skiing. Pohjanmaan ice hockey is well known for its high quality, and football while of considerably poorer quality due to the lack of appropriate facilities to play more than 5-6 months a year, is also highly popular.
Consumer goods 75
Access to goods from around the world is easily accessible, although can be extremely expensive when from non Anti-State regions.
Housing 72
Housing is accessible and easy to obtain due to the prior Communist regime’s housing projects in the city. Quality is usually good, and the expectation to build ones own house in the countryside results in many new housing projects across the country, usually in the form of small cabins that are used in the summertime. Poorer inhabitants do not have this luxury, and may spend most of their earnings on rents.
Natural environment 55
Despite the news of the recent environmental catastrophe, Pohjanmaa is well known for its largely untouched and serene wilderness. Environmental degradation is rampant though near urban centers due to the lack of government or law in regards to protection. As a result, litter can often be found, and pollution from factories can penetrate ground water. As a result, many city inhabitants prefer bottled water and drinking from the tap can be unsafe in some cities.
Index total: 690
In summary, the lack of government and thus oversight or law creates great strain on population centers. Rural regions thrive, while urban areas find themselves having difficulty coping without meaningful government oversight. This extracts a toll on the full economic potential of Pohjanmaa, and the potential quality of life that could be found in many other European nations with similar economic outlooks. Despite these setbacks, there have been improvements since the communist era in many areas, although the lack of public services leaves Pohjanmaa lingering behind the most developed European nations. (University of Haaga, Department of Politics and Philosophy)
 
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Sylvania

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Charleroi
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University of Charleroi/Karlstad in cooperation with MARA (Military Advancement and Research Agency), 2019 Survey for the University of Zaros
  • Political and Social Environment: 45
The Political situation in Sylvania has become complicated and sometimes dangerous. A recent survey of the population revealed political divisiveness to be at an all time high, even higher than after Sander Rygaard's assassination in 1954. Over fifty three percent of those polled believed that a civil war is possible. Political divides between progressive urban and conservative rural communities are at the heart of the political fight. Police forces once supplemented by city and state militias now face the brunt of increasing crime in Sylvania. Upon the overturn of the White Sylvania Immigration Policy in 1965 the increase in non-white immigration has led to struggles in integration as new cultures clash with Sylvanian culture. Under the Democratic Socialists the justice system has been lenient on crimes committed by immigrants, many Sylvanians believe there is now a protected class of people that have been placed above them.

  • Economic environment: 74
Large banking corporations control lending in cities and high population states, in rural states and cities more people friendly banking cooperatives and credit unions are still the norm. Sylvanian banks will exchange for most currencies.

  • Socio-cultural environment : 76
Constitutional freedom of speech laws protect speech of all types including controversial hate speech statements. Media bias varies depending on regional locale, but is mostly fair with a progressive lean. Personal freedoms are enumerated in the constitution of Sylvania. Firearms are widespread and widely available, however unconstitutional suppression of militias lowers this score. Citizens are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures, police may not seize property without good reason and legal property must be returned to the criminal's family or designee and cannot be used to enrich the seizing department. Marriage is not regulated by Federal, State or City Government, there are no licensing requirements for marriage, allowing for homosexual marriage. where homosexuality is tolerated by citizens depends on locale, though the law protects it cannot protect from disapproving comments or glares.

  • Medical and health considerations: 69
Medical coverage is insurance based, community or religious health cooperatives are an available alternative. Drugs and medical services of all types are available depending on locale. Prices are subsidized to a point, however procedures and drugs can still be incredibly expensive . Urban hospitals offer the latest treatments while rural communities might not, causing a disparity in medical care across locations. Disease and STI's are rampant among immigrant communities who are in limbo between health care systems. Government medical coverage is available but does not cover much but the basic necessities. The Continental Republic has gone to great lengths to clean up its dirty industrial image, city renewal projects and pollution laws have lead to a cleaner Sylvania.

  • Schools and Education: 75
Education and schooling vary widely across the Continental Republic. In rural communities and more conservative families, homeschooling is widespread. High quality homeschooling programs on average produce higher educated individuals than the public school system. There are no standardized curriculum for private schools, however Democratic Socialists introduced a standardized common education system for the public schooling system which has had dubious results. The University of Charleroi/Karlstad has its origins in The Great Northern Empire and is Sylvania's oldest university. It's educational standards are only rivaled by the University of Tiroe, Baldwin University and the Whitehall Institute of Technology. Sylvania also boasts a wide array of technical and engineering colleges and a robust community college system.

  • Public services and transportation: 75
All communities are provided with electricity and water. Some very rural communities rely on solar power. A large highway system was built in the seventies to connect the entire country. Most Sylvanias prefer to travel by car, but a train system connecting major cities and some larger towns is available. Air travel can range from cheap to expensive, from small puddle jumper to large widebody and narrowbody commercial jets. Sylvania's major cities are connected to the world through large international airports. The National Airspace System is one of Sylvania's crown jewels. Major cities and large towns offer extensive bus, subway and light rail systems.

  • Recreation: 90
Sylvania! The sportsman's paradise, climb mountains, hunt animals, camp and gaze upon the stars! This is an example of a small portion of outdoor recreation available in country. Entertainment can be found for all types, from sporting events (Ice Hockey, Gridiron Football, Rugby, Tennis and golf) to a wide array of shows and musical events depending on location. Cinemas are ubiquitous and many Sylvanians will treat themselves to dinner and a movie with friends and loved ones. Sail Westernesse's largest lake, The Great White Lake shared between Sylvania, Beautancus and Seneca is a popular tourist destination.

  • Consumer goods: 82
Consumer goods of all types are widely available, many cars and other products are produced locally. More exotic foods, fruits and vegetables are more expensive and international goods are subject to tariff depending on country of origin, increasing prices.

  • Housing: 78
Housing of all types are available at different price points. Renting is more common in cities and highly expensive. Land in rural communities is cheap and plentiful. Property taxes range according to state and county.

  • Natural environment: 85
The Natural splendor of Sylvania's country side rivals that of other nations, from large mountains and crystal clear lakes in the west, to the open central plains and the eastern coast. Many Sylvanians are conscious of the environment and volunteer time to clean up litter and keep their communities clean. Overall pollution has come down drastically in recent years, a large part in effort by companies and government working together to form environmental policy. Disaster response is effective due to the volunteer attitude of the average Sylvanian and state and federal government disaster response policy. Volunteer fire fighting companies are widespread among many communities and offer invaluable service to communities they serve.


Total Score: 747

Sylvania while a nation in decline and under threat of political division still offers a good quality of life to its citizens. This could change with the political situation and while many citizens think a civil war could happen over the political divide, MARA and the University of Charleroi/Karlstad are more optimistic of the outcome in the political theater. Voter participation was at an all time low in the 2016 election, however political participation of conservative voices has risen over the last few years and a peaceful change is more likely. Many analysts saw a possible flashpoint with the attempted assassination of Congressman Ashley Breckenridge and the Charleroi riots, however cooler heads prevailed despite the violence. We remain confident that any revolution will remain within the political realm and affect real change to the Sylvanian government.
 

Natal

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The Republic of Loago
  • Political and social environment 25
Loago is facing a civil war between the legitimate Maseru regime and the communist inspired government dominated by the League of Communists. In the last year the sovereignty of the country itself and its statehood were very close to being utterly disbanded as warlords appeared in the whole central regions, with only external intervention managing to create a working civilian government, which is mostly limited along the Limestone Coast, the rest of it being either the nominally autonomous, but de facto independent Fante Tribal Union or the military administration supervised by the Natal in the regions where fighting takes place.
  • Economic environment 20
Even prior to the war, the Loagan economy was very much gravitating around the Caledonian Himyari Company, which managed to dominate the markets, with over 70% of the goods being produced by a subsidiary of the CHC. The war has completely pushed away investors, as the fear of communist victory was looming and recently, the Natalian Federal Investment Corporation (FIC) is offering low interest credits for investors in the Limestone Coast area, making many people believe that if they will win, the Natalian forces are there to stay. With the exception of the towns of Maseru, Kariba and Bulawayo, the banking system is all but defunct and the Loagan currency, the Shilling is so weak that all transactions are being done mostly in Natalian Pounds. It is believed that over 80% of the transactions are made on the black market.
  • Socio-cultural environment 32
Officially the media is free to publish anything, but in reality, there is a strong censorship, especially for news outlets criticising the Maseru government or the Natalian intervention. In the Limestone Coast, news pamphlets criticising the government are passed on in a samizdat fashion, under the radar, while surprisingly, in the Fante Tribal Union, the press has had little to no interference from the authorities. In the regions controlled by the communists, there is one single newspaper, The Himyari Revolutionary, which is completely owned by the League of Communists and is seen as a propaganda tool, but since the recent governmental victories has started to be published sparsely and in low numbers.
  • Medical and health considerations 25
Healthcare is seen as extremely downtrodden in Loago, as the only modern hospitals are in Maseru and Kariba, which usually care to the rich city dwellers and up recently catered only to white people. Nominally all towns have clinics, but they have been abandoned in places where fighting takes place. The military hospitals are sometimes accepting civilians too, but usually only after paying a hefty bribe. Traditional healers and witch doctors are prospering. They are very active in rebel controlled areas.
  • Schools and education 40
Schooling is the only social element where the main warring factions see eye to eye. Loago has two universities, one in Maseru and another in Bulawayo and a polytechnic, in Kariba. With the exception of the one in Bulawayo, classes are still being organised. It has been reported that even the communists are keeping the teachers in occupied territories, so that schools can function normally, only the ones along the front being abandoned.

  • Public services and transportation 38
The NUG is making an effort to keep public services alive and it pays Natalian companies to maintain the infrastructure in the Limestone Coast and Azraqi ones in the Fante lands. Until recently, Jacaranda Air was still servicing the Maseru and Bulawayo Airports, but after the crash of Flight 530, their service was suspended. There still is a railway service connecting Kariba to Damara in ETCOS. A thriving informal economy has been created around drivers owning vans, who transport passengers and goods in both the government and rebel controlled areas. The electrical and water infrastructure is close to collapse, as there are days when even Maseru receives no water and no electricity for hours.
  • Recreation 29
Loago was at some point the best land for safari and sunbathing in Eastern Himyar, but the golden age of the 70s and 80s have long passed. Hotels are closed all along the Limestone Coast, and the lack of electricity and the mobilisation of the army is affecting the leisure industry in a negative way. Alcoholism has exploded, with Walas and Fantes becoming some of the biggest drinkers in the world.
  • Consumer goods 25
The war has affected trade and production negatively, leaving the Coastal areas without the most fertile lands of the country. Markets are deserted and shops are usually devoid of all products with the exception of cans, oil and flour products such as pasta. Much of the humanitarian aid is being traded in the black markets at huge prices.
  • Housing 33
The cities of Maseru, Kariba, Bulawayo and Koro Toro were rebuilt in a huge endeavour in the 1930s, to replace the old native mud huts with art deco buildings. The systematisation that took place 90 years ago was seen as a model and replicated in smaller scale in 1950, 1970 and 1995, with many apartment blocks appearing in every Loagan town. Much of this push for urbanisation has been wasted because of the war, with towns were battles were fought seeing the apartment blocks as the first to be hit by artillery and bombs. Many of the people still live in huts or in tents in refugee camps.

  • Natural environment 25
Loago has a monsoon climate, with many storms coming from the Implarian Ocean and hitting the Eastern Coast of Himyar. Because of the lack of infrastructure in this sense and the under funding of such institutions, there is a huge crisis in rapid response and aid in case of disaster. Flooding and landslides are part of daily life in the wet season, together with great spikes in malaria reports.

Index total: 292
 

Vaquero Free State

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Rio Bravo
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Boro
Political and social environment: 35

The Vaquero Free State under the Unión Nacional Integralista is a highly authoritarian militarist state with civil liberties heavily curtailed. However the UNI has done much to eliminate the systemic corruption that was endemic among the previous military regime. Other political parties are banned and Integralist paramilitaries continue operate as an unofficial police force, crime numbers has fallen dramatically possibly due in part to the brutal methods used by the UNI.

Economic environment: 65

The Free States economy remained largely unchanged following the Integralist coup,some key industries have been nationalized but the UNI seem largely content to allow business as usual to continue as long as it remains in their interest to do so. The Free States economy has also grown with raw materials coming from the Tapenagá Republic.

Socio-cultural environment: 35

Freedom of speech is heavily curtailed and the state enforces strict censorship laws with harsh penalties for those caught with " objectionable materials" . Given the UNI's religious fanaticism in is no surprise that other religions particularity nativist " Pagan" religions, suffer heavy discrimination,similarly Homosexuality is outlawed.

Medical and health considerations: 60

The UNI government has initiated extensive social reforms to the health system enabling the poorer elements of society access to affordable and accessible healthcare. However these reforms are still in their infancy and as such the quality of healthcare differs from location with the urban east generally having a better standard of care as opposed to the western states.

Schools and education:55

The UNI has also made efforts to improve the standard of education and have initiated educational reforms to "pass on Integralist values to future generations". As such most schools are either state or church run, in either case secular education is in severe decline in the Free State.

Public services and transportation: 65

The Vaquero Free State has a good transport infrastructure, due to its low population density the Free State has long stretches of roads and railway that has to be maintained. Electricity and water is provided to every community, however in the recently conquered Border Territories water and electricity is intermittent.

Recreation: 80

Consumer goods are widely available, however more exotic items are usually quite expensive largely because of the Vaquero Free States location in the far west. Due to the Free States largely agricultural economy it relies heavily on foreign imports particularly exports of oil and machine parts.

Housing: 70

Much of the Free States urban slums have been demolished and new housing estates have emerged in their place, the UNI have made a conscious effort to improve the lives of the populace. The majority of people live in rental homes or in the new housing estates with owning the family home seen as an integral part of the Free State dream however for many this dream remains out of reach.

Natural environment: 82

Much of the Vaquero Free State is made up of made of plain land, with the eastern states being more temperature and fertiles and the eastern states becoming hotter and more arid. In contrast the south eastern States of Hogar de Jaguares and Rio Largo are heavily forested and share a climate not dissimilar to the Mazidian rainforests. Forest fires and tornadoes happen frequently especially in the eastern states especially Tierra del Sol, in Rio Largo flooding is also commonplace, due to these frequent occurrences the Fire Service is well funded and each state also has its own rescue helicopter service.

Total: 547
 

Pohjanmaa

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Political and social environment 85
While the political environment in the Two Kingdoms as a whole is rather uncharted due to the new constitution, the political processes within Jyskerige are unchanged since the early 20th century. Long standing civic traditions have resulted in a democratic process that is trusted and respected. Crime is low, and law enforcement is known to be friendly with their communities. This score could be higher if not for the recent murder of Prime Minister Hansson, which done under mysterious circumstance that have not been solved, casts some worry among citizens.
Economic environment 92
The Rigsdaler is a stable currency that is managed by Rigsbanken independently from the Government. A robust banking sector has Gothia Bank known as one of the major banks in the world and a trusted source for international transactions. Aside from Gothia Bank, other major banks include Norrlänningars, Royal Austwegian Bank, and Handelsbanken. Götiska-Skånska Enskilda Banken is known for issuing the European wide accepted ScaniaCard, a Credit Card payment system accepted everywhere. Independently, the popular Austwegian Express card can also be found around the world which is operated by Gothia Bank. One of the world’s most important stock exchanges, the Gothic Stock Exchange is in Gothenhagen.
Socio-cultural environment 86
Jyskerige does not have censorship, and personal freedoms are guaranteed via law and constitution which includes rights and protections to minorities, sexual orientation, and LGBTQ+. Despite this, many Jysk-Austwegians are not flamboyant about their inner beliefs and behavior, and there is something of a inner cultural norm of silence and non-confrontation.
Medical and health considerations 88
Medical facilities and services are all public and paid for with taxes through a socialized medical system. Unlike many other systems around the world, it is nameless because it isn’t a program but rather seen as just an expectation. The system is known for its cradle to grave care, and will cover Jysk citizens throughout the Two Kingdoms and its Dominions. Detractors can point towards a queue system that prioritizes certain illnesses and ailments which can bother some citizens. Private healthcare insurance exists alongside private medical facilities. These are seldomly enrolled in by anyone but the wealthy. They are usually used for skipping the queue for diagnosis, and then returning to the public system for treatment. Despite these detractions, the system boasts highly qualified doctors which are not overworked as regulation is in place for their well-being. Access to medicine and state of the art medical technologies gives Jyskerige a high score.
Schools and education 85
Education entirely public, and private schools are illegal. Homeschooling is allowed for students or families who do wish to forgo the public system; however, this is rare. Schooling is provided free from pre-schooling systems up until high school graduation usually around the age of 18 or 19. Afterwards a system of trade schools, post secondary schools, colleges, and universities are offered, and these may be privately operated. For pubic universities and colleges, admissions are operated by the State via a qualification and academic merit system. Applicants rank their top five schools, and are assured a spot in one of the five. The University of Gothenhagen is the oldest and considered world-class, with a great deal of academic research published every year.
Public services and transportation 77
Public services and transportation are very well serviced, with trains or trams servicing most of Jyskerige. In rural areas, regular bus service can be expected. Bicycle infrastructure exists and is heavily used in Jyskerige, as most citizens commute via bicycle if not with public transportation. Car ownership is lower than most other nations due to high parking fees and environmental regulation. Jyskerige being a majorly urban nation, does witness bicycle traffic that can seem chaotic to outsiders. Services otherwise are not especially well-funded, and thus most services can be considered average. The rail service and postal service have been privatized for example, but remain publicly owned. As a result they provide good service, but not as exceptional of service if they took losses and were subsidized by the government as many higher scoring countries might do.
Recreation 79
Jyskerige is not well known for its nature. Being mostly a collection of flat islands, forests, and seaside territories on the mainland portions. The weather is known to be poor, although locals have grown to accept and embrace it. Those who come to Gothenhagen for business typically dread the weather. Many play football, and it is the most popular sport in Jyskerige followed by ice hockey. Most Jysk citizens are considered very fit, with many going to the gym, and if not that the bare minimum for movement is well exceeded with their daily bicycle commute. In their youth, most children belong to a sporting or activity club.
Consumer goods 82
An openly outward trade oriented economy has Jyskerige see some of the widest collection of goods from around the world. Not all goods are cheap though as they must be imported, and are often taxed heavily with a VAT.
Housing 80
Housing is widely accessible across Jyskerige, and homelessness is some of the lowest in Europe. Housing is seen as a right of sorts due to the poor weather; however, housing quality can vary massively based on income. Gothenhagen experiences high gentrification producing high property costs and high rents. Gothenhagen represents one of the most expensive cities to live in across the world, which keeps down this score.
Natural environment 90
Environmental protection is taken seriously, and Jyskerige sees high amounts of recycling and composting. Very few natural disasters occur in Jyskerige with only rain, snow, and wind threatening the region. Flooding can be the only concern and occurs quite rarely due to the lack of major rivers in Jyskerige to overflow. Weather related deaths are extremely rare, and associated with wind and drowning in the sea.
Index total: 844
In summary, Jyskerige is one of the happiest and most well-to-do areas of the world boasting high life expectancy and standards of living. Its score is hurt by recent political turmoil and dreary weather. Questions can be asked if Jyskerige had a larger population? What is Jyskerige had more liberal immigration laws? Thus far questions that do not need to answered, Jyskerige should continue to lead the world in standards for the coming decades.
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Furlanìe

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Grau
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Alos




    • Political and social environment: 65
The Friulian political system is made up by solid traditions dating back in the centuries, with a tripartite political parties system evolved during the 50s, the political parties are deeply rooted to the territory, promoting local events and meetings between the MPs and the citizens, corruption is present but not overwhelming.
Fair elections are held regularly although due to the strongly territorial presence of the parties big changes in the leadership are rare.
Violent crime is high due to family feuds, widespread alcohol abuse, and a lower police presence outside the bigger cities and towns; law enforcement follows a laissez-faire policy for minor crimes but is much more vigilant on the actions of influential citizens, which has, with time, built a strong sense of trust between the citizens and the national police forces.



    • Economic environment: 39
Foreign investments as much as imports are strictly regulated to favour local enterprises and banks, which creates a bubble of backwards financial and technological environment; the main and only large bank, the national Bançhe Centrâl Furlane, is mainly used to monitor and sanction off-book transactions, but citizens obtain financing mostly through local credit unions.
The low value of the Franc, together with government subsidies encourages exports, although the strongly auto-referential businesses rarely succeed in the European market.



    • Socio-cultural environment: 35
Media, more popular in paper form, offer a variety of opinions influenced by the three parties ideals, non-aligned newspapers exist, but are less popular and usually sobbed by the public. although freedom of expression is granted by law, journalists are required to prove the veracity of their articles, and face exclusion from the order or heavy fines if proved wrong in court, a situation that has often been criticized by the journalists.
The state does not intervene in the personal lives of the citizens, but, especially in the many rural areas of the country, communities tend to isolate and harass people not respecting cultural norms and traditions.



    • Medical and health considerations: 87
Medical supplies and services are guaranteed by the state, a well organized net of small clinics, converging in provincial hospitals and large regional medical hubs, offer support to every citizen, even in the most remote villages.



    • Schools and education: 57
Friulian schools are work-oriented, their main focus is teaching the students how to find their place in the working world, their task is made easier by the economic isolation of the country, and are considered generally great in this regard.
Higher education is mostly private and attended only by rich citizens, the universities offer an excellent level of education especially in the arts, where they are well above the European average standards.



    • Public services and transportation: 80
Water and sewage pipelines cover most of the national territory, with very few exceptions in the most isolated mountainous areas; electricity is less widespread in some rural areas.
Public transportation is highly organized and competitive, it is possible to move to any point in the nation without the need of a car, this makes the cities mostly traffic free, while in the countryside the use of cars, especially 4x4, is widespread for practical reasons.



    • Recreation: 90
Friuli is full of historical monuments and Tiburan structures and ruins; pubs and restaurants can be found in every district and village and usually offer local products; sport activities and events are often supported by political parties and local organizations, cinemas and theatres can be found in most cities and towns.



    • Consumer goods: 75
Local food and beverage production is of high quality but offered at low prices if bought directly from the producers of the area, cars and technology are often imported from abroad, usually Eiffelland-Retalia, Lars and, less often Serenierre, and are thus more costly, especially considering the difficulty of importing goods due to the strict laws and regulations put in place to defend the local producers.



    • Housing: 79
Owning a house is considered the right of every citizen, for this reason the regions and the central state offer many incentives for the purchase of the first house, rents are very low in the countryside, with few exceptions near the bigger cities.
Highly trained artisans can be easily found, and, especially traditional-style furniture, can be obtained at low costs; furniture restoration and maintenance services are equally affordable and of excellent average quality, while household appliances can be a little more costly than the European average, and more technological stuff can be hard to find.



    • Natural environment: 95
The absence of serious pollution, the Retalian sea climate, the rural nature of the country, the many nature reserves, and the high biodiversity, puts Friuli among the best natural environments in Europe

Index Total: 702
 
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NoCRUR

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Engellex/Britnae
  • Political and social environment 70
  • Economic environment 93
  • Socio-cultural environment 87
  • Medical and health considerations 55
  • Schools and education 86
  • Public services and transportation 70
  • Recreation 95
  • Consumer goods 89
  • Housing 60
  • Natural environment 56
Index Total: 761
 
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Gunnland

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Virginia, USA
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Windhaven, Gunnland
The Kingdom of Gunnland
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Political and social environment: 40
Gunnland is politically stable but repressive. Law enforcement is spotty in some highland clan areas.
Economic environment: 65
Ayr has a large and important financial sector, but the central bank imposes tight capital controls.
Socio-cultural environment: 30
Free speech is limited and internet/foreign-media access tightly controlled in many parts of the country.
Medical and health consideration: 80
Gunnland has a good medical system, largely run by the Gunnish Army and the Catholic Church.
Schools and education: 90
The Marian University is world-class, as are Church-run secondary schools, except in the sciences.

Public services and transportation: 65
Recreation: 85
Housing: 85
Natural environment: 75

Index score: 615
 

Virumaa

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Kuressaare
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Ovi
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The Kingdom of Virumaa

A study by the Koit Eskola Institute of History, department of International Relations and Scanian Studies, King Alvar University, Kuressaare

Political and social environment: 45

Virumaa is an authoritarian but stable state. In the far north, especially in the White Islands, in the past 10 years or so, the presence of state institutions is decreasing as many settlements lie abandoned, leaving the remaining citizens to usually fend for themselves or to find justice on the mainland.

Economic environment: 55
The economic policy of the state is quite rigid and with the state being protectionist, with the exception of the state of Ugandi, where the authorities are experimenting with more liberal economics. Usury is illegal and the Keskpank, the national bank is keeping tight controls for that. Even so, the country is slowly moving to a card economy.

Socio-cultural environment: 35
Since the 1985 reform, when there was some liberalising reforms regarding censorship, with non-state owned press appearing but still being censored. Usually if a newspaper creates itself a reputation of being friendly to the authorities, it isn't checked anymore and sometimes some criticism slips out. Usually there is a sense of tension and fear that the secret police might hear criticism and that there will be consequences, but the authorities prefer to close their eyes on samizdat publications as long as they aren't overly against the regime, like outright calling for a revolution and such.

Medical and health consideration: 65
The health system of the country is provided by the authorities, especially the hospitals and there is a plethora of clinics owned by the National Federation of Labour and the Church. With the exception of the White Islands that have only 3 clinics in the whole province, most towns have at least a clinic that offers healthcare to everyone, even if it won't probably be of the best quality. The far north has a problem with pollution especially the nickel plants and oil plants, but a mix of closures of the mines and governmental tackling of the problem is slowly improving it.

Schools and education: 75
The constitution offers compulsory education until the 10th grade for free for every citizen of Virumaa. The law of education states that a Virunian citizen, a Yamalian White Emigre and a citizen of the Council of the North (Gunnland, Elben, Geotri) will pay no tuition fees for their first undergrad, postgrad or PhD if they will manage to have good grades, usually with an average of over 75%. King Alvar University and the Kuressaare Polytechnic are the best known universities in Virumaa, but trailing close behind is also the Academy of Economic Sciences from Kuressaare and the Boreal University in Imavere. Primary and Secondary schooling is offered again by either the state itself, the Church or the National Federation of Labour.

Public services and transportation: 70
The Authorities consider transportation infrastructure to be a matter of national security hence much capital was poured into building a dense railway network and a reliable service on it and a series of highways that can offer safe transportation even in the worst polar winters. The ferry and aerial services linking the White Islands to the mainland are problematic as they are unreliable in the winter. International connections are good with Ivernia by road and the southern countries like Gunnland and Elben by ferry and plane.

Recreation: 75
The authorities understand the need for the people to steam off so they are more liberal in regards to theatre and Virunian made television programs, leaving a small space for criticism and mockery within limits. The National Office for Tourism offers discounted holidays in national resorts for members of the party and the National Federation of Labour, while also organising trips in the Council of the North countries and even Lars and Eiffelland. Mass participation in sports and cultural events is supported and promoted by the state.

Consumer goods: 65
As the economy is mainly corporatised, many producers are banded together into corporations, selling their goods under the same brand. This usually makes supermarkets in Virumaa to look less appealing than in many other countries. Since 1985 there has been a push to concentrate the industry on consumer goods and with the post-reform opening of the country, that has ended much of the penury of goods on the market. Nowadays one can find any sort of good on sale , though if one will see in parallel a Virunian made one and an imported one, the Virunian is cheaper as import tariffs are quite high. An exception to that are the goods coming from the Council of the North countries, the Two Kingdoms and Kadikistan. There is still a culture for the Virunians to prefer to go to a farmers' market to buy their produce rather than a supermarket, this being a national pastime on Saturday morning.

Housing: 75
As the regime was built on the idea of countering communism, resolving the housing crisis that existed during the 40s and the 50s. As a result, during the 1970s and up until the mid 1990s, the state built over two million houses to raise the quality of life for the Virunian citizen so that he wouldn't be attracted by the promises of communism. Until 1985, all apartments were owned by the state and they were rented by the people but after the reform, they were sold to the people for a measly sum, making more than 95% of the people owners. Most although not all apartments do have the necessary appliances but the likes of clothes drier, dish washer and in more conservative houses even microwaves or electric or fan ovens are seen as unnecessary luxuries.

Natural environment: 80
From the spa towns like Loksa, to the sky resorts around Raasiku and Imavere, and to the high north where the sun stays on the sky for 4 months in the summer or is absent for 4 months in the winter, Virumaa is a nation that has fascinated many people. The government knows that and it pushed for the preservation of the environment by protecting the local fauna like the moose, wolves, deer and bears, and the taiga covering over 80% of the Pohjamaad province. The White Islands were usually closed off for tourists as the pristine image of the north wasn't working well with the realities of the labour camps, the coal and nickel mines, the oil wells and the resulting pollution. But as the camps and many of the mines closed and the government tries to tackle pollution problems, in limited numbers, tourists are now permitted to visit the far north too.

Index score: 640
 
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Beautancus

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The Best Carolina
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Welmonton
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Data gathered and further collated in partnership by the Waldorf College at Franklin, Chicora Commonwealth; Office for Statistical Analysis & OPSINT, Department of Progress; Office of Naval Intelligence, Navy of the New Model Republic

Political and social environment: 89
The New Model Republic has been governed in the present fashion, without alteration or amendment at the national level for 69 years (just shy of 70 by some months at the time of this posting). In this time, Beautancus and the Cussian and Indigene peoples have prospered unto degrees heretofore unglimpsed, enjoying a rejuvenation in civic awareness and participation at all levels of society. The Cussian legal system is singularly unique in the Engellexic Cultural Horizon, in its intensely democratic and professional nature.

Economic environment: 85
Overall financial policy in the New Model Republic is handled and overseen under the aegis of the Bank of the Burgesses (which itself incorporates representives from the Senate and largest private financial institutions in Beautancus), as well as being further streamlined by the introduction, albeit slowly, of the new State Foreign Mercantile Trust system, (which was itself in part founded to check unnecessary and irresponsible business practices on the part of state contracted mercantile firms). Small business, on the local and subnational/provincial levels are the norm and face little restrictive or unnecessary regulation. All of this said, it is of course very hard for the very poorest to get a leg up in the system, or to make something from nothing - so they had best work for someone else even harder.

Socio-cultural environment: 95
Free speech is a protected right, considered natural and universal for all free human beings; foreign media is not restricted, Nativism encourages a direct and enthusiastic interface with as many elements of foreign societies as possible - their culture, Fictions, and political systems - to adapt and incorporate any potentially useful elements and to be able to refute what is not (Nativism is superior, so it must be superior). Foreign social media and smart devices are restricted (illegal) for minors, based upon concerns for developmental/mental health.

Medical and health consideration: 60
The diversity, ethnic and political, of the New Model Republic makes this a particularly difficult field to properly quantify. As a rule, private insurance-based medical care is the norm through the Commonwealths, with community-union funded and Masonic medical charities providing some alternatives for the poor. Most Dominions provide some level of universal healthcare, though largely based as much on traditional medicine as modern (most typically some fusion of the two). Casual recreational drug use has long been a deeply ingrained aspect of both Cussian and most Indigene cultures, as have generally "hard living lifestyles." Furthermore, and despite the fact that the Cussian "bio-sciences" are among the most well developed in the world, extending to and including epigenetics and pharmaceuticals, Cussian medicine itself little resembles the Gallogermanian norm. These elements conspire to give Cussians and the Indigene neighbors a comparatively high standard of care (and living) but an all around shorter life expectancy and higher rate of serious injury.

Schools and education: 80
Universal education includes primary and middle school grades, after which pupils are placed on intensive academic secondary school or applied sciences/trade school tracts. Schools are publicly funded and managed at the "provincial" level (often by community, though this does vary), with little more than oversight for allocation of national funding from the Federal level. Most Commonwealths fund and maintain some form of public post-secondary educational institutions, but attendance levels are far smaller and entrance requirements far more particular than in other nations (exponentially moreso than irl). Numerous private post-secondary institutions exist throughout Beautancus, based on any number of varied principles or systems, and are often among the very best such in the hemisphere or world.


Public services and transportation: 40

In the vast majority of the New Model Republic, the distances most people must travel in a days time make public transport unfeasible in the extreme. Major metropolitan centers maintain some level of public bus and rail systems, but these are at best described as utilitarian. Get a car, loser.

Recreation: 90

Cussians are, if anything, adventurous and fun. Community sports and outdoorsmanship (to some extent or degree) are the norm for nearly all age groups. Cussian media is also robust and well developed, if particularly adapted for the Nativist audience - thus often a bit harsh for the tastes of foreigners. Gambling is legal throughout most of the nation, with little restriction, and there are very few laws restricting recreational alcohol/drug use.

Housing: 70

Honestly too complicated to cover here in full, but it is extraordinarily varied. There are some public housing settlements in most Commonwealths, far from the best in the world.

Natural environment: 85
Beautancus is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, bar none. Nativism quickly and enthusiastically adapted the Indigene regard for the natural bounty and wonder of the continent, and have gone to great lengths to preserve it for future generations. Settlement of the far less densely populated western "provinces" has been carefully and rigorously managed to ensure the most responsible patterns of expansion and population growth possible. There are literally thousands of "national parks," local environmental trusts and community parks throughout the country. Urban blight is considered to be one of the greatest foes of a healthy society in the Nativist worldview, and the country reflects this greatly. Industrial pollution and waste are some of the few things that have been rigorously managed in recent decades, stemming both from the aforementioned Nativist consideration and as a result of several major regional industrial disasters in the first half of the 20th century. Rating would be higher, but for a nation of this size and with this much industry, it's dishonest to say that there aren't some things that even the Cussians can't make disappear.

Index score: 694
 
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