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Refuge Isle was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 414
Least Corrupt Governments: 22ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 42ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 61st
The Fanciful Tales of
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Refuge Isle

Population10.796 billion

Capitalthe Admin Tower
LeaderArch-Administrator Luca
FaithThe Zyqxuwy


The Fanciful Tales of Refuge Isle is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Arch-Administrator Luca with a fair hand, and notable for its avant-garde cinema, ubiquitous missile silos, and prohibition of alcohol. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 10.796 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 juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. 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 3,167 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. Average income is an amazing 293,364 planets, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The banshee wail foretells skies of death, families are left homeless as entire suburbs are bulldozed on the whim of tribal chiefs, citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones, and the government is continually probing the galaxy in search of alien life. 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 974th in the world and 5th in Refugia for Most Devout, with 11,756.52 prayers per hour.

Least Corrupt Governments: 22ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 42ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 61stSafest: 67thLargest Welfare Programs: 78thMost Compassionate Citizens: 85thMost Inclusive: 88thNicest Citizens: 121stMost Pacifist: 125thMost Advanced Public Education: 125thHighest Food Quality: 132ndMost Beautiful Environments: 146thBest Weather: 182ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 186thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 193rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 205thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 207thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 274thMost Cultured: 294thLargest Governments: 315thMost Developed: 347thLongest Average Lifespans: 371stSmartest Citizens: 432ndHealthiest Citizens: 474thLowest Crime Rates: 552ndMost Rebellious Youth: 590thMost Cheerful Citizens: 695thMost Efficient Economies: 929thMost Devout: 974thLargest Information Technology Sector: 986thHighest Poor Incomes: 990thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,536thMost Influential: 1,659thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,933rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,390thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,519thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 2,899thHighest Economic Output: 6,380thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,742ndMost Patriotic: 8,277thMost Income Equality: 11,732ndTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,937thNudest: 17,113thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 26,367th
Lowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Developed: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Patriotic: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 21st in the regionLargest Populations: 21st in the regionMost Politically Free: 22nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 26th in the regionNudest: 26th in the regionMost Extreme: 28th in the regionRudest Citizens: 30th in the region

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