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Which country’s form of government comes closest to your ideal?

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I don’t know about ‘form of government’ but I’d say the Scandinavian countries probably do it better than anyone else - particularly in terms of transparency and having an engaged electorate.

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I second Jimizo, Scandinavia is the most ideal country for me. It just amazes me that 500 or so years ago, these people were the scorn of Europe and now, they're the closest thing to an ideal place to live in.

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I second Jimizo and Toshihiro. While there is no such thing as a "paradise" on earth and the grass always seem to be greener elsewhere, does Scandinavia seem to always take the top spots in any country ranking (e.g. transparency, accountability, high taxes counterbalanced by getting a lot for them, etc, etc).

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The one where I am king.

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Scandinavia is the most ideal country for me

Can you show me where this country is on a map, please?

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Scandatopia

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Thunderdome? The truth-booths in Starlost?

I'd go with mix member proportional (MMP) Parliamentary system with a requirement that a riding winner must have 50%+1 of the vote (which is generally built into the system anyway but just declare it so there's no funny business).

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Something like Luxembourg or similar. There it works after the simple principle all for one and that one for all, (that second part is everywhere else missing, be it another monarchy or democracy), but there they have it. The monarch has the ruling privileges and gives back most of the success to the own people. Where else would you find such a government? You’ll surely have problems to name only a handful. lol They have highest income, good relationships to everyone through clever and intelligent policy and negotiating and also are not often in any news , especially bad ones, or object of other’s invasion interest. They do it just quite bit more silent and out of the focus of anyone. In addition they are near to my personal historical and cultural background. But you can find similar samples if you are a different type of people, for example Dubai in the Arab region or Brunei in far SE Asia. So, in more generalized words, I would prefer a peaceful and generous monarchy before all other systems, as those turn out to be trouble makers and problem generators without exception.

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To each his own. everyone has their own idea, but for me (and I only speak for myself) the current Canadian gov is the best

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Scandinavia. They got their act together after being the scorn and devil of Europe and now is probably the closest thing to ideal in terms of society, economy, education etc.

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Same as everyone else, Scandinavia. Seems like their taxes actually get used to make the lives of the people who pay them better. Peaceful, beautiful places.

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@Sven Asai

The monarch has the ruling privileges and gives back most of the success to the own people. 

Err, do you have any clue what you are talking about? Luxembourg is a constitutional democracy while Brunei and Dubai are absolute monarchies. Putting them on a same level is not even an error, it's insulting!

You’ll surely have problems to name only a handful. lol

True, there are.

They have highest income,

I often heard that rumor as well...

good relationships to everyone through clever and intelligent policy and negotiating

True.

and also are not often in any news , especially bad ones,

Semi-true.

or object of other’s invasion interest. 

Are you talking about Ukraine? Luxembourg, as their other European partners does object.

They do it just quite bit more silent and out of the focus of anyone.

Sneaky b.stards!

Actually, the Luxembourg PM (Jean-Claude Juncker) from 1995 to 2013 was also later the President of the Eurogroup from 2005 to 2013 and the President of the European Commission from 2014 to 2019, so pretty much in plain sight...

In addition they are near to my personal historical and cultural background. 

And I AM FROM LUXEMBOURG. You are completely off your effing rocker with pretty much all of the above! (TBH, you're actually mostly off your rocker on most of your other posts as well.)

Here some more about Dubai and Brunei.

Human Rights in Dubai.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai#Human_rights

Companies in Dubai have in the past been criticised for human rights violations against labourers. Some of the 250,000 foreign labourers in the city have been alleged to live in conditions described by Human Rights Watch as "less than humane".

You may also want to have a look at religious and LGTB rights in Brunei.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunei

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Singapore. Sure, they are a bit heavy-handed but they also don't put up with people littering, doing graffiti, petty street crime, etc. Nice clean streets, trains and buses that run well and on time and people who follow the rules. I don't have real in-depth knowledge of all their rules but both times I was there, I found the place to be extremely to my liking and they are seemingly devoid of almost all of the dumb bleep you see in American cities on a daily basis.

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Interesting to see the vocal proponents of socialism have avoided going to Cuba, Venezuela, China etc but instead head straight for the robust capitalist countries of Scandinavia.

But we all know where we're headed when the chips are down. The freest, most egalitarian country on earth, the US and A.

Texas, maybe?

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But we all know where we're headed when the chips are down. The freest, most egalitarian country on earth, the US and A.

Ahh The Great American Delusion, that makes the rest of the world laugh at Americans behind their backs, while we’re thankful they aren’t uncaring the actual freest counties on earth.

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while we’re thankful they aren’t uncaring the actual freest counties on earth

uncaring = invading

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Interesting to see the vocal proponents of socialism have avoided going to Cuba, Venezuela, China etc but instead head straight for the robust capitalist countries of Scandinavia.

Absolutely hysterical. The Scandinavian countries would best be described as social democracies.

Texas, maybe?

I lived there in the past. You wouldn’t know that as you are a new poster. Quite a coincidence.

I’d never live there again. Nice, but not for me. A bit backward in many places but some great cities like Austin.

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USSR

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Nigeria.

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Iceland.

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I can understand the view that Scandinavian countries are better than most. But I wonder how much is down to size (population wise) than their forms of government. With much bigger countries, internal divisions seem to add an extra problem.

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albaleo - thats an interesting question. they are smaller and definitely more homogenous than most other countries.

A culture of strong work ethic and shared values across communities is key.

Its why you see an increasing division within the United States. Its why people are leaving failing states like California for areas like Florida and Texas in droves.

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Switzerland. It’s clean and safe. Stable democracy with a referendum on the big stuff. Let the people rule. Also, you can’t beat the chocolate!

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@Aly Rustom, as a Canadian I have to say that my country's current government isn't the best it's ever had. The way it's been structured in the long-term is okay, but sometimes it goes over the top trying to act like an adult. The country as a whole is pretty damn good, though. I wouldn't live anywhere else. But maybe, here in BC - what we call La-La-Land, I'm wearing rose-coloured glasses, or worse - horse blinkers.

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Canada. I lived there for four years in uni, and I'm working on a PR application for myself and my family now.

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Which country’s form of government comes closest to your ideal?

Iceland.

Didn't bail out the banks in 2008; instead handed out long jail sentences to bankers and focused on bailing out the populace.

Ideal would be the world of Scottish socialist Iain Banks The Culture:Automation used to create a post-scarcity civilization that has eliminated money.

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Aly Rustom, as a Canadian I have to say that my country's current government isn't the best it's ever had.

I mean to each his own. Respectfully have to disagree, but I have friends who don't like him either. I do.

The way it's been structured in the long-term is okay, but sometimes it goes over the top trying to act like an adult. The country as a whole is pretty damn good, though. I wouldn't live anywhere else. But maybe, here in BC - what we call La-La-Land, I'm wearing rose-coloured glasses, or worse - horse blinkers.

My whole family lives in BC. Best place I've ever been to.

Canada. I lived there for four years in uni, and I'm working on a PR application for myself and my family now.

Smart thing to do. I've been trying myself, but the pandemic put a stop to that. Will start up again soon I hope

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Certainly not America, that's for sure.

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Current country or historical?

Current:

That's tricky, there are a few examples with their ups and downs.

Probably Vietnam. Years later they are still suffering from the aftermath of the US invasion, but they have managed to do really well in spite of that and recover pretty well. They kind of fly under the radar these days, so have avoided a lot of the attacks that other communist nations are subject to.

Historical:

The Soviet Union (no, not present-day Russia). An absolutely staggering growth in the quality of life, life expectency, and economy of the people. Immense innovations, they invented things like the cell phone and basically every major scientific discovery related to space. It was truly a shining example of what humanity could be when working together. I don't doubt that we can get back there some day, but probably not in my lifetime.

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Certainly not America, that's for sure.

No, but there are worse.

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The original form of US government under its Constitution as it was intended.

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Deutschland

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I lived in Kitsilano in Vancouver for a while and weather is superb and very relaxing atmosphere in the first look but There were sure racism here and there especially against Asians ( as it seemed that too many Chinese flooded into Canada into the area like Victoria at that time). Canada is never free from Racism, those French speaking people from East Canada disgusted me so much.

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@kennyG - half of my heritage is French Canadian, but that said, you're absolutely right. That's why I live in Victoria, BC, as far away from them as possible. On an aside, my daughter travelled to Quebec City, a few years ago, and visited a small island nearby, in the middle of the St. Lawrence River where our relatives own a cidery. They wouldn't even talk to her, in spite of us all having the same last name. Pretty disgusting behaviour, in my view (hers, too).

There is not perfect country, there are no perfect people. That's life. So, as Bobby McFarrin sang, 'Don't worry, be happy'.

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But we all know where we're headed when the chips are down. The freest, most egalitarian country on earth, the US and A.

Texas, maybe?

Haha, no thanks. The US system has much damage that needs fixing.

Scandinavia has made great strides in social harmony. Never been there but wouldn't mind going at some point to see for myself.

Of the handful of nations i have been to, I would rather live in Australia, my country, than those others I have been to. Really only able to speak for the places I have been.

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The freest, most egalitarian country on earth, the US and A.

Amen to that.

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I can understand the view that Scandinavian countries are better than most. But I wonder how much is down to size (population wise) than their forms of government. With much bigger countries, internal divisions seem to add an extra problem.

True. There is a view that countries with smaller populations are easier to govern and perhaps better countries to live in.

That said, there are other countries with populations roughly comparable with the Scandinavian countries which are not nearly as well governed. Just looking at Europe, it’s hard to say countries like Greece, Portugal, Ireland and others are on that level ( no disrespect intended to those countries - I’m from a country which is an absolute s##tshow in terms of governance at the moment ).

Perhaps we can throw historical issues into the mix here.

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Authoritarian with civil liberties. Definitely not a system with two parties that are more interested in attacking each other and not getting much done or undoing previous administration's work only to have the next administration do the same thing. Wash, rinse, and repeat.

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