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Safest: 18th Most Cheerful Citizens: 26th Least Corrupt Governments: 29th
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Freedom above all
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Independent Planets

Population27.139 billion

CapitalSaint Francis
LeaderChief Executive Mark Halpert


The Concordium of Independent Planets is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Chief Executive Mark Halpert with a fair hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, national health service, and public floggings. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 27.139 billion Planetians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Spirituality, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saint Francis. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Planetian economy, worth a remarkable 9,080 trillion credits a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 334,584 credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Citizens have to dodge their neighbor's drones while getting the morning paper, the new coalition government has 99 problems and can't agree on how to fix one, criminals and college students are taking an interest in the government's new weed-killing program, and motorcycle riders are required to wear so much gear they've been nicknamed "Stay Pufts". Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Independent Planets's national animal is the ox, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Independent Planets is ranked 1,889th in the world and 12th in Texas for Most Influential, scoring 29,944 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Safest: 18thMost Cheerful Citizens: 26thLeast Corrupt Governments: 29thNicest Citizens: 31stMost Advanced Public Education: 34thMost Pacifist: 35thMost Compassionate Citizens: 38thMost Advanced Public Transport: 41stHighest Average Tax Rates: 47thLowest Crime Rates: 48thMost Cultured: 50thLargest Governments: 70thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 92ndMost Devout: 117thMost Efficient Economies: 121stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 121stHighest Poor Incomes: 231stMost Developed: 256thSmartest Citizens: 264thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 306thHighest Economic Output: 343rdLongest Average Lifespans: 348thMost Subsidized Industry: 357thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 431stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 525thHighest Average Incomes: 953rdMost Beautiful Environments: 954thLargest Publishing Industry: 963rdLargest Welfare Programs: 1,382ndHealthiest Citizens: 1,435thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,540thLargest Populations: 1,754thMost Influential: 1,889thTop
Most Inclusive: 1,993rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,985thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,182ndTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 11,754thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,506th
Safest: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 12th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 18th in the region

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