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Least Corrupt Governments: 400thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 433rdBest Weather: 714th
The Unverified CII Prescriptions of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
[The creature stares at you.]
The Mighty Chest Hair of Palos Heights
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Palos Heights

Population7.284 billion

CapitalThunder Bluff
LeaderThe Mighty Chest Hair of Palos Heights
FaithArt Deco


The Unverified CII Prescriptions of Palos Heights is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by The Mighty Chest Hair of Palos Heights with a fair hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, ban on automobiles, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.284 billion DEMONYMADJS 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 large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Thunder Bluff. The average income tax rate is 97.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Palos Heightsian economy, worth a remarkable 1,615 trillion dollars 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 Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 221,753 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is continually probing the galaxy in search of alien life, being The Mighty Chest Hair of Palos Heights has been voted one of the top ten most dangerous jobs, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene, and a soldier's body is a temple. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Palos Heights's national animal is the Bison, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Art Deco.

Palos Heights is ranked 24,315th in the world and 52nd in Forest for Rudest Citizens, with 98.87 Insults Per Minute.

Least Corrupt Governments: 400thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 433rdBest Weather: 714thMost Valuable International Artwork: 729thSafest: 849thMost Beautiful Environments: 868thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 995thMost Developed: 1,275thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,581stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,616thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,661stHealthiest Citizens: 1,870thNicest Citizens: 1,879thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,980thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,993rdSmartest Citizens: 2,083rdTop
Most Influential: 2,215thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,305thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,352ndMost Inclusive: 2,677thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,681stLargest Governments: 2,685thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,722ndLowest Crime Rates: 3,345thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,558thMost Efficient Economies: 3,562ndMost Cultured: 4,288thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,649thMost Pacifist: 4,719thHighest Average Incomes: 4,753rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,961stLargest Publishing Industry: 5,021stMost Subsidized Industry: 8,914thHighest Economic Output: 9,871stTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,310thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,924thMost Secular: 14,665thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,368thMost Income Equality: 18,416th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the regionSafest: 13th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 19th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 22nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 23rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 25th in the regionBest Weather: 27th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 27th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 31st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 31st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 32nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 33rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 34th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 35th in the regionLargest Governments: 36th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 39th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 41st in the regionMost Influential: 41st in the region

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