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Refuge Isle was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 414
Least Corrupt Governments: 22ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 42ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 62nd
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Refuge Isle

Population10.818 billion

Capitalthe Admin Tower
LeaderArch-Administrator Luca
FaithThe Zyqxuwy


The Fanciful Tales of Refuge Isle is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Arch-Administrator Luca with a fair hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, infamous sell-swords, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 10.818 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 3,175 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 293,514 planets, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Cutting remarks are the limit of Arch-Administrator Luca's violent tendencies, posh restaurants scatter glass fragments on the dining room floor to keep out barefoot undesirables, consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed, and schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention. 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 552nd in the world and 1st in Refugia for Lowest Crime Rates, with 190.73 law-abiding acts per hour.

Least Corrupt Governments: 22ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 42ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 62ndSafest: 67thLargest Welfare Programs: 78thMost Compassionate Citizens: 85thMost Inclusive: 88thNicest Citizens: 122ndMost Advanced Public Education: 125thMost Pacifist: 126thHighest Food Quality: 132ndMost Beautiful Environments: 146thBest Weather: 181stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 187thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 192ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 205thHighest Average Tax Rates: 206thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 274thMost Cultured: 294thLargest Governments: 315thMost Developed: 346thLongest Average Lifespans: 372ndSmartest Citizens: 432ndHealthiest Citizens: 476thLowest Crime Rates: 552ndMost Rebellious Youth: 593rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 709thMost Efficient Economies: 914thMost Devout: 971stLargest Information Technology Sector: 980thHighest Poor Incomes: 986thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,517thMost Influential: 1,641stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,921stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,011thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,515thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 2,885thHighest Economic Output: 6,368thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,815thMost Patriotic: 8,159thMost Income Equality: 11,324thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,015thNudest: 17,032ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 26,727th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 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
Largest Populations: 20th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21st in the regionMost Politically Free: 22nd in the regionNudest: 26th in the regionMost Extreme: 26th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 27th in the regionRudest Citizens: 37th in the region

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