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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,162ndNicest Citizens: 13,379thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,016th
The Free Land of
Left-wing Utopia
Too weird to live, too rare to die
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
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Refuge-

Population386 million

CapitalThe Admin Tower I guess

Currencyplanet
Animalfalcon

The Free Land of Refuge- is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its ban on automobiles, free-roaming dinosaurs, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 386 million Refugi are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Admin Tower I guess. The average income tax rate is 70.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The antisocial economy, worth 18.0 trillion planets a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Woodchip Exports, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 46,674 planets, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Leader to meetings with foreign heads of state, white strait-jackets are the new orange jumpsuits, gaping tourists take long-distance photos of diseased natives on "indigenous peoples" safari tours, and park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Refuge-'s national animal is the falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Refuge- is ranked 27,377th in the world and 72nd in The Black Hawks for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 70.8 Effective Tax Rate.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,162ndTop
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Nicest Citizens: 13,379thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,016thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,052ndLargest Welfare Programs: 15,392ndMost Politically Free: 15,745thMost Rebellious Youth: 17,208thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,684thHighest Drug Use: 20,341st
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionNicest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Politically Free: 12th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 21st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 22nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 25th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 31st in the regionMost Pacifist: 32nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 35th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 37th in the regionSafest: 49th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 49th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 50th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 51st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Refuge-, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets.
  • : Following new legislation in Refuge-, gaping tourists take long-distance photos of diseased natives on "indigenous peoples" safari tours.
  • : Following new legislation in Refuge-, white strait-jackets are the new orange jumpsuits.
  • : Following new legislation in Refuge-, psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Leader to meetings with foreign heads of state.
  • : Following new legislation in Refuge-, there are no more heroes any more.
  • : Refuge- lodged a message on the The Black Hawks Regional Message Board.
  • : Refuge- published "A Recolection Herbert Wallace" (Account: Military).
  • : Following new legislation in Refuge-, political candidates who don't release their birth certificates are presumed to have been born in Maxtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Refuge-, the government has solemnly sworn not to look up other nations' internet browsing history if the favor is returned.
  • : Following new legislation in Refuge-, the diplomatic corps stinks.

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