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Refuge Isle

Population3.148 billion

Capitalthe Admin Tower
LeaderArch-Administrator McGrath
FaithThe Zyqxuwy


The Fanciful Tales of Refuge Isle is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Arch-Administrator McGrath with a fair hand, and renowned for its smutty television, state-planned economy, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 3.148 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, Welfare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the Admin Tower. The average income tax rate is 98.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Refugi economy, worth 510 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 impressive 162,096 planets, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government has solemnly sworn not to look up other nations' internet browsing history if the favor is returned, many marriages go virtually unconsummated, bris parties are all the rage, and most barbers are also surgeons. 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 228,025th in the world and 44th in Refugia for Most Avoided, scoring 0.25 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 25thLeast Corrupt Governments: 334thLargest Welfare Programs: 480thMost Compassionate Citizens: 607thNicest Citizens: 673rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 720thSafest: 757thMost Pacifist: 776thMost Inclusive: 852ndBest Weather: 956thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,264thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,399thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,430thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,699thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,885thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,326thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,396thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,669thMost Developed: 2,735thMost Devout: 2,762ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,790thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,125thHealthiest Citizens: 3,302ndLargest Governments: 3,427thMost Cultured: 3,519thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,527thSmartest Citizens: 3,723rdLowest Crime Rates: 3,879thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,821stMost Efficient Economies: 7,199thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,321stMost Subsidized Industry: 8,667thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,883rdNudest: 9,626thHighest Average Incomes: 11,052ndTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 12,352ndMost Income Equality: 16,819thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 17,390thMost Politically Free: 21,627th
Largest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionMost Extreme: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the region

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