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Largest Retail Industry: 397th Rudest Citizens: 708th Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 818th
The Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Sic Semper Tyrannis
Influence
Apprentice
Secretary of War
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Furbish Islands

Population5.645 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 notable for its museums and concert halls, smutty television, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 5.645 billion Furbishmen have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The tiny, corrupt government 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 1,421 trillion Furbish dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 251,728 Furbish dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 853,411 per year while the poor average 54,826, a ratio of 15.6 to 1.

Foreign governments regularly accuse the Furbish military of war crimes, the military recognizes no difference between male and female soldiers, teenage male videogamers often suffer repetitive strain wrist injuries, and unshaven men are viewed with suspicion in courts of law. Crime, especially youth-related, is moderate, 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 1,040th in the world and 3rd in Federation of Conservative Nations for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 316.09 on the Hayek Index.

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Largest Retail Industry: 397thRudest Citizens: 708thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 818thHighest Disposable Incomes: 992ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,040thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,044thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 1,709thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,912thMost Avoided: 1,917thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,014thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,544thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,560thHighest Average Incomes: 2,773rdMost Cultured: 2,878thFattest Citizens: 3,247thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,298thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,518thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,602ndMost Corrupt Governments: 3,693rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,845thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,930thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,057thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,130thMost Armed: 4,819thSmartest Citizens: 6,045thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,376thMost Efficient Economies: 7,022ndMost Inclusive: 7,152ndLargest Black Market: 8,131stTop
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Highest Economic Output: 9,208thLargest Mining Sector: 9,335thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,092ndMost Secular: 16,004th
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Most Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionTop
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionMost Armed: 9th in the regionFattest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 13th in the regionLargest Populations: 15th in the region

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