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Largest Retail Industry: 462nd Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 751st Rudest Citizens: 849th
The Republic of
Capitalist Paradise
Sic Semper Tyrannis
Secretary of War
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Furbish Islands

Population5.425 billion

CapitalFurby City
LeaderPrime Minister Thomas Norup

CurrencyFurbish dollar
AnimalFurbish jungle cat

The Republic of Furbish Islands is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Prime Minister Thomas Norup with an even hand, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, flagrant waste-dumping, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 5.425 billion Furbishmen are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Administration. 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 1,297 trillion Furbish dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 239,175 Furbish dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 789,514 per year while the poor average 54,207, a ratio of 14.6 to 1.

Polling place volunteers are suddenly opening a huge number of offshore bank accounts, the Supreme Court vehemently protects civil rights and the right to privacy, anti-government web sites are springing up, and people believe that if you teach a man to fish he won't buy fish from you any more. Crime, especially youth-related, is a problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Furbish Islands's national animal is the Furbish jungle cat, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Furbish Islands is ranked 34,604th in the world and 62nd in Federation of Conservative Nations for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 3,584.41 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Largest Retail Industry: 462ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 751stRudest Citizens: 849thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 945thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 985thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,121stTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 1,971stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,055thMost Avoided: 2,063rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,223rdLargest Insurance Industry: 2,261stFattest Citizens: 2,728thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,861stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,152ndHighest Average Incomes: 3,235thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,244thMost Cultured: 3,329thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,637thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,956thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,186thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,251stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,513thMost Armed: 4,664thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,976thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,996thMost Efficient Economies: 7,033rdSmartest Citizens: 7,161stMost Inclusive: 8,480thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 9,796thHighest Economic Output: 10,170thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,770thLargest Black Market: 15,184th
Most Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionFattest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11th in the regionMost Secular: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 15th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 16th in the region

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