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Largest Publishing Industry: 109thMost Advanced Public Education: 809thMost Stationary: 969th
The Colony of
Democratic Socialists
For the good of life and liberty
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Iridae

Population22.317 billion

CapitalIridae City
LeaderHigh Mistress Sappharina
FaithThe Seekers of the Sapphire Goddess

CurrencyOpal
AnimalLionfish

The Colony of Iridae is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by High Mistress Sappharina with an even hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, ban on automobiles, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 22.317 billion Iridaeans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Education, although Healthcare, Environment, and Welfare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Law & Order are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Iridae City. The average income tax rate is 77.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Iridaean economy, worth a remarkable 3,042 trillion Opals a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 136,329 Opals, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months, all the playground's a stage for Iridaean schoolchildren, High Mistress Sappharina's new office has a propensity to catch on fire, and the government prides itself on being smug and condescending to idiots. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Iridae's national animal is the Lionfish, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Seekers of the Sapphire Goddess.

Iridae is ranked 94,468th in the world and 4,011th in The East Pacific for Most Authoritarian, with 681.55 milliStalins.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 109thMost Advanced Public Education: 809thMost Stationary: 969thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,420thLargest Black Market: 1,454thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,409thHighest Crime Rates: 2,897thMost Developed: 3,416thSmartest Citizens: 3,636thHighest Economic Output: 4,222ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,654thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,891stLargest Populations: 5,047thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,129thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,638thNudest: 7,565thMost Devout: 8,168thMost Inclusive: 8,264thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,907thTop
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Most Influential: 11,672ndMost Cultured: 11,996thMost Income Equality: 15,859thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,023rdLongest Average Lifespans: 16,871stHighest Average Incomes: 16,983rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,090thLargest Governments: 17,443rdMost Subsidized Industry: 17,936thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,262nd
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Largest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionMost Stationary: 21st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 23rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 29th in the regionLargest Populations: 41st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 60th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 66th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 70th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 103rd in the regionMost Developed: 105th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 119th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 122nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 161st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 190th in the regionMost Devout: 237th in the regionNudest: 248th in the regionMost Inclusive: 266th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 295th in the regionMost Cultured: 308th in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 468th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 476th in the regionLargest Governments: 478th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 486th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 495th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 512th in the regionRudest Citizens: 569th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 618th in the regionMost Influential: 618th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 633rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, the government prides itself on being smug and condescending to idiots.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, High Mistress Sappharina's new office has a propensity to catch on fire.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, all the playground's a stage for Iridaean schoolchildren.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, the nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, opening a bad email attachment can be a major felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, landless farmers wander forlornly in the government's many national parks.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, calling dibs is an unalienable right.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, uprooting flowers for religious ceremonies is a felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, proper policy proposals prerequire professional peer-reviewed papers.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, legitimate job descriptions now include "smiling and waving".

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