New Zealand Named World’s Most Peaceful Nation

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Holy Crap! That looks peaceful.

The South Pacific nation of four million people and 40 million sheep has knocked Iceland off its perch after violent demonstrations followed the collapse of Reykjavik’s banking system.

The Global Peace Index, a report prepared for the Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace in conjunction with the Economist Intelligence Unit, ranks 144 countries in a league table of peacefulness.

The index defines peace as “the absence of violence”.

Twenty-three criteria on which the league table is compiled include political stability, risk of terrorism, murder rate, likelihood of violent demonstrations, respect for human rights, internal conflicts, arms imports and involvement in foreign wars.

Here’s a list of the 10 most peaceful nations on the planet…

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What Happens when Countries Go Bankrupt?

What Happens when Countries Go Bankrupt?
The International Monetary Fund has already helped out Ukraine, Iceland and Hungary.
If many more countries need assistance, the IMF may need help of its own.

First it was mortgage lenders. Then large banks began to wobble. Now, entire countries, including Ukraine and Pakistan, are facing financial ruin. The International Monetary Fund is there to help, but its pockets are only so deep. (Pics)

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Six Micronations You Can Join (Petoria, anyone?)

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Admit it – you’ve thought about what life would be like if you ruled your own country. I would make an awesome Queen, just for the record. Diet Coke would flow from kitchen faucets, scientists would put all of the vitamins and minerals you need into low-calorie mint-chocolate chip ice cream and the Killers would sing our national anthem. OK, so maybe not everyone would want to live in Conradtia, but that’s fine. I’ll declare myself a micronation. Micronations usually exist only on paper or in the minds of their creators and aren’t recognized by governments or organizations or anything like that (so… maybe Conradtia already exists?!). Although some micronations actually have their own currency, stamps, passports, flags and other “national” memorabilia, none of it is considered valid except to the people who, well, consider it valid. If that makes any sense. It’s different than an imaginary country, because in this case the “rulers” of the micronations actively seek to be recognized by world governments.

Now that we’ve established that, let’s take a look at a few micronations.

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Poll: 81% Say Nation Is Headed Down the Wrong Track

Poll: 81% Say Nation Is Headed Down the Wrong Track

Americans are more dissatisfied with the country’s direction than at any time since the New York Times/CBS News poll began asking about the subject in the early 1990s, according to the latest poll.

In the poll, 81 percent of respondents said they believed “things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track,” up from 69 percent a year ago and 35 percent in early 2002.

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