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Most Income Equality: 2,440thHighest Drug Use: 17,977thMost Cheerful Citizens: 17,988th
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Marlin Islands

Population151 million

Currencypebble
AnimalMarlin

The Free Land of Marlin Islands is a very large, cultured nation, notable for its unlimited-speed roads, absence of drug laws, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 151 million Marlinites 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 government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Spirituality, and Education. The average income tax rate is 75.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Marlinite economy, worth 1.38 trillion pebbles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Cheese Exports industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Woodchip Exports, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 9,170 pebbles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration, travel bureaus double as recruiting centers for national intelligence agencies, people across the world seek to be healthier by eliminating carbs, and the nation wears its high incidence of chromosomal diseases as a badge of pride. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Marlin Islands's national animal is the Marlin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Marlin Islands is ranked 17,988th in the world and 1st in Unified Nations of Terra for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 53.38 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Highest Drug Use: 17,977thMost Cheerful Citizens: 17,988thHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,476th

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