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Pleasures Island

Population22.138 billion

CapitalPleasures Island City
LeaderLeader
Faitha major religion

Currencypsi
Animalhuman

The Fiefdom of Pleasures Island is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, vat-grown people, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 22.138 billion Pleasures Islandians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pleasures Island City. The average income tax rate is 96.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Pleasures Islandian economy, worth a remarkable 6,694 trillion psis 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, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. 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 302,420 psis, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,328,136 per year while the poor average 43,298, a ratio of 30.7 to 1.

The nation has welcomed its expats back with open arms, the police have been swamped with requests to stay up past bedtime, sharks are enjoying their deliveries of canned food, and the diplomatic corps tends to open negotiations by insulting all the foreigners in the room. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pleasures Island's national animal is the human, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is a major religion.

Pleasures Island is ranked 690th in the world and 18th in the Pacific for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, with 75.99 Whatever.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 183rdLargest Black Market: 187thMost Corrupt Governments: 499thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 528thMost Beautiful Environments: 573rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 690thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 817thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 908thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 936thHighest Economic Output: 1,158thMost Stationary: 1,164thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,195thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,233rdLowest Crime Rates: 1,523rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,851stHighest Average Incomes: 2,044thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,864thLargest Governments: 3,223rdMost Developed: 3,604thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,689thMost Cultured: 3,743rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,764thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,056thBest Weather: 4,072ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,226thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,482ndNudest: 4,537thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,451stSmartest Citizens: 5,609thLargest Populations: 5,796thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,732ndMost Secular: 8,084thMost Efficient Economies: 9,022ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,211thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,629thMost Inclusive: 10,409thMost Influential: 11,926thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 17,515thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 23,419th
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 14th in the regionMost Stationary: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 18th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 24th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 24th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 29th in the regionLargest Populations: 30th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 45th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 56th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 62nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 67th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 69th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 74th in the regionLargest Governments: 83rd in the regionBest Weather: 90th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 91st in the regionMost Cultured: 93rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 98th in the regionMost Developed: 99th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 100th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 137th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 140th in the regionMost Influential: 140th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 143rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 188th in the regionMost Secular: 205th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 212th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 217th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 271st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 276th in the regionMost Inclusive: 288th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 570th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, the diplomatic corps tends to open negotiations by insulting all the foreigners in the room.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, sharks are enjoying their deliveries of canned food.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, the police have been swamped with requests to stay up past bedtime.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, the nation has welcomed its expats back with open arms.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Pleasures Island City.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, trouble-makers are frequently turned in to the government to be 'recycled'.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, nine out of ten citizens of Pleasures Island answered 'nuclear safety inspector' when asked their occupation.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, the nation has opened its arms to an influx of refugees.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, the official Pleasures Islandian Phrase Book weighs as much as a small child.
  • : Following new legislation in Pleasures Island, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings.

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