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Population27.493 billion



The Ocean-Washed Archipelago of Kanaia is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Jack with a fair hand, and notable for its soft-spoken computers, ubiquitous missile silos, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 27.493 billion Kanaians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The minute, liberal, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, with Spirituality and Social Policy not funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rufion. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Kanaian economy, worth a remarkable 8,291 trillion Adrians 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 a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Tourism. 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 amazing 301,576 Adrians, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Noises louder than a whisper have been prohibited by law, groups of government workers are declared protected tribes if they venture too deep into the Capitol, royalist is the most offensive slur in the Kanaian language, and the ruling party has a devil of a time keeping order in the ranks. Crime is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Kanaia's national animal is the Oliphant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Kanaia is ranked 145,228th in the world and 1,017th in 10000 Islands for Most Authoritarian, with 0.02 Stalins.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 383rdHighest Economic Output: 389thMost Armed: 547thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 645thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 741stHighest Poor Incomes: 777thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,074thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,162ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,175thHighest Average Incomes: 1,305thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,342ndHighest Crime Rates: 1,450thLargest Populations: 1,501stLargest Black Market: 1,524thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,666thTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,757thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,969thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,150thRudest Citizens: 2,408thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,436thSmartest Citizens: 2,712thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,203rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,887thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,176thLargest Mining Sector: 4,196thBest Weather: 4,794thLargest Insurance Industry: 5,198thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,539thMost Developed: 5,821stMost Cultured: 6,585thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7,409thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,583rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,135thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 9,077thLargest Agricultural Sector: 11,095thMost Influential: 12,384thMost Politically Free: 13,448thLargest Retail Industry: 14,769thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14,931stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15,829thLargest Governments: 16,844th
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the regionMost Armed: 10th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 14th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 14th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 21st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 23rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 25th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 26th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 29th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 31st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 38th in the regionRudest Citizens: 40th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 42nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 43rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 45th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 47th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 49th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 60th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 73rd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 78th in the regionMost Politically Free: 86th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 89th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 91st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 107th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 107th in the region

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