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Refuge Isle

Population7.469 billion

Capitalthe Admin Tower
LeaderArch-Administrator Luca
FaithThe Zyqxuwy


The Fanciful Tales of Refuge Isle is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Arch-Administrator Luca with a fair hand, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, hatred of cheese, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 7.469 billion 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, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Administration, Environment, and Welfare also on the agenda, while Defense is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the Admin Tower. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Refugi economy, worth a remarkable 1,843 trillion planets a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 246,831 planets, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Royalist is the most offensive slur in the Refugi language, sea side cafes are required by law to close during summer, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have, and political talk shows often have children as guests whenever they need commentary on world religions. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Refuge Isle's national animal is the SimpleBot, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Zyqxuwy.

Refuge Isle is ranked 303rd in the world and 2nd in Refugia for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 33,955.35 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 17thLeast Corrupt Governments: 64thSafest: 147thMost Compassionate Citizens: 150thLargest Welfare Programs: 152ndMost Inclusive: 155thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 156thNicest Citizens: 175thMost Pacifist: 214thBest Weather: 240thHighest Food Quality: 258thMost Beautiful Environments: 263rdMost Advanced Public Education: 303rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 357thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 404thMost Developed: 423rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 433rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 443rdLongest Average Lifespans: 465thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 483rdMost Cultured: 550thLargest Governments: 594thHealthiest Citizens: 595thMost Devout: 891stMost Cheerful Citizens: 894thSmartest Citizens: 903rdLowest Crime Rates: 910thMost Rebellious Youth: 913thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,170thMost Efficient Economies: 1,295thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,769thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,621stTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 4,023rdHighest Average Incomes: 4,075thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,175thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,582ndMost Influential: 6,274thMost Patriotic: 8,037thMost Income Equality: 10,184thHighest Economic Output: 10,447thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,499th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionMost Patriotic: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 9th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15th in the regionLargest Populations: 16th in the regionTop
Most Politically Free: 28th in the regionMost Extreme: 29th in the regionMost Income Equality: 30th in the regionNudest: 30th in the region

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