Nudest: 172nd Most Pacifist: 866th Most Compassionate Citizens: 1,237th
The Lost Island of
Left-wing Utopia
Take This, Eat This
Queen Dahut
Regional Influence
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The Lost Island of Shining Ys is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Queen Dahut with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and daily referendums. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.162 billion Shining Ysians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Social Policy, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ys. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The large but inefficient Shining Ysian economy, worth 330 trillion Lucky Silver Marks a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 79,506 Lucky Silver Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Wind farms are erected on shuttered oil platforms, the government keeps introducing new foreign species to combat the previous ones it has introduced, the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters, and there is a dearth of space for new houses. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Shining Ys's national animal is the impossible bird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Shining Ys is ranked 159,221st in the world and 5,087th in Lazarus for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 20.57 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

Nudest: 172ndMost Pacifist: 866thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,237thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,494thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,538thTop
Most Cultured: 1,657thLargest Governments: 1,717thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,743rdNicest Citizens: 1,790thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,800thSafest: 2,193rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,446thSmartest Citizens: 2,535thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,650thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,890thHealthiest Citizens: 2,945thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,002ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,723rdMost Advanced Public Education: 3,752ndLargest Welfare Programs: 3,813thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,982ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,182ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,168thLowest Crime Rates: 7,465thMost Inclusive: 7,515thBest Weather: 7,624thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 8,639thHighest Drug Use: 8,881stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,946th
Nudest: 6th in the regionMost Pacifist: 31st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 34th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 47th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 49th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 56th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 57th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 58th in the regionLargest Governments: 63rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 64th in the regionSafest: 98th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 104th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 105th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 110th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 126th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 130th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 133rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 144th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 154th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 179th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 227th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 229th in the regionMost Inclusive: 231st in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 340th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 343rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 344th in the regionBest Weather: 354th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 360th in the region

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