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Rudest Citizens: 234thLargest Retail Industry: 265thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 501st
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Furbish Islands

Population9.529 billion

CapitalFurby City
LeaderPrime Minister Thomas Norup
FaithChurch of Furby Island

CurrencyFurbish dollar
AnimalFurbish jungle cat

The Republic of Furbish Islands is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Prime Minister Thomas Norup with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 9.529 billion Furbishmen hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Administration, with Healthcare, Industry, and Defense also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Furby City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Furbish economy, worth a remarkable 2,477 trillion Furbish dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 259,954 Furbish dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.8 times as much as the poorest.

The tax agency is feared more than serial killers and terrorists, the tenet of free speech is held dear, public toilets are famed for their rear entries, and hospitals are amongst the best-funded in the region. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Furbish Islands's national animal is the Furbish jungle cat, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Church of Furby Island.

Furbish Islands is ranked 207,237th in the world and 73rd in Republic of Conservative Nations for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 286.51 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

Rudest Citizens: 234thLargest Retail Industry: 265thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 501stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 676thHighest Crime Rates: 784thMost Rebellious Youth: 828thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 912thHighest Disposable Incomes: 930thMost Armed: 946thMost Avoided: 1,476thMost Cultured: 2,090thTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,641stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,749thHighest Drug Use: 2,765thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,956thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,104thHighest Average Incomes: 3,165thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,493rdMost Inclusive: 4,302ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,527thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,731stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,839thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,052ndHighest Economic Output: 6,197thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,361stLargest Publishing Industry: 6,538thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,957thSmartest Citizens: 7,029thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,688thLargest Mining Sector: 8,510thLargest Black Market: 8,672ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,362ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,383rdTop
Fattest Citizens: 12,155thMost Efficient Economies: 15,515thMost Secular: 16,542ndLargest Insurance Industry: 18,797thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19,868thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 20,113thMost Politically Free: 20,393rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,715thLargest Gambling Industry: 22,597th
Highest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Politically Free: 6th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the region

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