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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 142ndLargest Black Market: 178thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 480th
The Fiefdom of
Psychotic Dictatorship
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Influence
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Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Pleasures Island

Population26.095 billion

CapitalPleasures Island City
LeaderLeader
Faitha major religion

Currencypsi
Animalhuman

The Fiefdom of Pleasures Island is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 26.095 billion Pleasures Islandians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pleasures Island City. The average income tax rate is 97.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Pleasures Islandian economy, worth a remarkable 8,714 trillion psis a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 333,956 psis, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.1 times as much as the poorest.

Hunters have been known to lose limbs while attempting to 'play tag' with their prey, government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy, every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead, and wars of expansion are described as "peacekeeping operations". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pleasures Island's national animal is the human, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is a major religion.

Pleasures Island is ranked 4,996th in the world and 90th in the Pacific for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 640,164 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 142ndLargest Black Market: 178thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 480thMost Beautiful Environments: 485thMost Corrupt Governments: 523rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 610thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 664thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 733rdMost Advanced Public Education: 858thHighest Economic Output: 934thMost Stationary: 1,029thLowest Crime Rates: 1,193rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,356thHighest Average Incomes: 1,687thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,792ndLargest Welfare Programs: 2,608thBest Weather: 2,688thLargest Governments: 2,691stMost Developed: 2,800thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,930thTop
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Most Cultured: 3,108thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,229thHighest Food Quality: 3,324thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,464thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,577thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,726thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,533rdSmartest Citizens: 4,719thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,996thLargest Populations: 5,316thNudest: 5,968thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,780thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,426thMost Efficient Economies: 7,501stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,738thMost Inclusive: 8,422ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,280thMost Secular: 11,285thMost Influential: 13,363rdLargest Retail Industry: 14,779thTop
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Most Patriotic: 15,238thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,639thMost Pacifist: 23,763rdMost Authoritarian: 24,359th
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 13th in the regionMost Stationary: 13th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 21st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 22nd in the regionLargest Populations: 27th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 40th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 45th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 46th in the regionBest Weather: 56th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 59th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 59th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 68th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 68th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 69th in the regionLargest Governments: 77th in the regionMost Cultured: 77th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 84th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 88th in the regionMost Developed: 90th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 90th in the regionNudest: 110th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 121st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 122nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 124th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 144th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 151st in the regionMost Influential: 157th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 172nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 229th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 253rd in the regionMost Secular: 259th in the regionMost Patriotic: 264th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 272nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 291st in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 676th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 717th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 755th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 786th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, wars of expansion are described as "peacekeeping operations".
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, government theft from poor artists to give to rich allies has been dubbed the "reverse Robin Hood" policy.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, hunters have been known to lose limbs while attempting to 'play tag' with their prey.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, pulling weeds is seen as a threat to national security.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, patriotic citizens chant "there's only one Pleasures Island" at foreigners.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, sharks are enjoying their deliveries of canned food.
  • : Pleasures Island was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Pleasures Island was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park.

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