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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 174th Healthiest Citizens: 205th Most Developed: 452nd
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Population18.94 billion



The Free Land of Elkenian is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and renowned for its smutty television, national health service, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 18.94 billion Elkenians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The relatively small, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Education, with Healthcare and Environment also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid aren't funded at all. The average income tax rate is 4.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Elkenian economy, worth a remarkable 2,711 trillion elks a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Furniture Restoration, and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 143,149 elks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Short shrift is being given to applications for political asylum from illegal immigrants, fireworks and other big bangs are forbidden during the newest public holiday, dinner parties often end in politically charged fist fights, and Leader claims no responsibility for what Leader's government does. Crime is totally unknown. Elkenian's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Elkenian is ranked 71,963rd in the world and 3,011th in The East Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 1,185.78 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 174thHealthiest Citizens: 205thMost Developed: 452ndMost Cultured: 462ndLongest Average Lifespans: 603rdBest Weather: 724thMost Stationary: 888thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 902ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 908thMost Compassionate Citizens: 965thMost Beautiful Environments: 981stMost Efficient Economies: 1,189thNicest Citizens: 1,289thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,475thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,531stSmartest Citizens: 1,632ndTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,969thLowest Crime Rates: 2,105thMost Influential: 2,141stMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,357thMost Pacifist: 2,457thHighest Economic Output: 3,078thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,030thLargest Populations: 4,390thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 4,814thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,054thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,281stTop
Most Secular: 9,206thMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,262ndMost Income Equality: 11,271stHighest Average Incomes: 13,412th
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 11th in the regionMost Developed: 13th in the regionMost Stationary: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 15th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 19th in the regionBest Weather: 19th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 23rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 23rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 23rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 24th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 26th in the regionNicest Citizens: 32nd in the regionLargest Populations: 37th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 38th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 43rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 44th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 45th in the regionMost Influential: 55th in the regionMost Pacifist: 65th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 65th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 77th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 101st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 105th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 113th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 131st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 306th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 313th in the regionMost Secular: 317th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 441st in the regionLargest Black Market: 552nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 580th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 687th in the region

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