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Population6.426 billion

CapitalAr'ksen City
LeaderPresident Valerio Delfalco

Animalhoopoe bird

The Coastal Republic of Aruia is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by President Valerio Delfalco with a fair hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, smutty television, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 6.426 billion Aruians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ar'ksen City. The average income tax rate is 42.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Aruian economy, worth 635 trillion Ranoes a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 98,934 Ranoes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Pop sensation "Jack and the Holograms" is storming the charts, citizens finish cleaning up after the annual National Treasure Hunt just in time for the next one, nose plugs are the latest Aruian fashion accessory, and criminals lock themselves in their mums' basements to avoid prison. Crime is totally unknown. Aruia's national animal is the hoopoe bird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Aruia is ranked 102,910th in the world and 93rd in The Western Isles for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 28.46 on the Hayek Index.

Most Influential: 2,641stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,308thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,146thBest Weather: 7,257thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,406thNudest: 7,451stTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 7,689thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,173rdLargest Publishing Industry: 9,452ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,983rdHighest Drug Use: 10,131stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,184thMost Cultured: 10,450thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,597thNicest Citizens: 10,677thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,478thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,772ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,161stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 12,843rdMost Inclusive: 12,926th
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 10th in the regionNudest: 13th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 14th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15th in the region

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