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Japonic Islands

Population3.59 billion

LeaderEmpress Ritsu Shimazu
FaithOceanic Shinism

CurrencyNew Yen

The Commonwealth of Japonic Islands is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Empress Ritsu Shimazu with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, smutty television, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.59 billion Japonese hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Edo. The average income tax rate is 38.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Japonic economy, worth 294 trillion New Yen a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Trout Farming, and Automobile Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 82,126 New Yen, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Atheistic refugees haven't got a prayer of being granted asylum, the constant playing of Merry Birthday on Japonic radio has led to calls for the song to be classified as a crime against humanity, signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars, and park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets. Crime is totally unknown. Japonic Islands's national animal is the Crane, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Oceanic Shinism.

Japonic Islands is ranked 41,940th in the world and 1,404th in the West Pacific for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector, scoring 3,679 on the Pepperoni Propulsion Productivity Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 2,289thTop
Most Influential: 4,799thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,916thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,033rdNicest Citizens: 7,190thMost Inclusive: 7,861stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,766thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,938thHighest Food Quality: 12,231stMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,691stMost Pacifist: 12,840thTop
Safest: 13,447thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 14,765thBest Weather: 15,177thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 15,425thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,027thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,936thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,035thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,335thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,456thLargest Welfare Programs: 22,070thSmartest Citizens: 22,272ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22,637thMost Cultured: 23,742ndLongest Average Lifespans: 25,810th
Least Corrupt Governments: 55th in the regionTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 87th in the regionMost Influential: 133rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 165th in the regionNicest Citizens: 166th in the regionMost Inclusive: 174th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 190th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 209th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 254th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 264th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 267th in the regionMost Pacifist: 322nd in the regionBest Weather: 324th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 327th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 339th in the regionSafest: 339th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 355th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 357th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 369th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 375th in the regionMost Politically Free: 389th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 403rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 415th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 451st in the regionMost Cultured: 461st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 511th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 520th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 521st in the regionRudest Citizens: 527th in the regionLargest Populations: 555th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 582nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 604th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 609th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 620th in the regionMost Developed: 710th in the region

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