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The Burke Islands

Population11.948 billion

CapitalDómstóll Brúsi
LeaderPresident Ylva Vakyrie
FaithRoman Catholicism

AnimalIce Wolf

The Grand Republic of The Burke Islands is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by President Ylva Vakyrie with a fair hand, and notable for its otherworldly petting zoo, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 11.948 billion Burkes hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dómstóll Brúsi. The average income tax rate is 2.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Burkish economy, worth a remarkable 3,143 trillion Thálas a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 263,077 Thálas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Ghost regiments exist only on paper, nations that kill a Burke can expect a strongly worded letter, multiple polls have christened the newly-formed Filibuster Committee as "the least efficient government bureaucracy", and the national security service are a bunch of crooks. Crime is totally unknown. The Burke Islands's national animal is the Ice Wolf, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

The Burke Islands is ranked 1,709th in the world and 1st in Argo Navis for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 200.99 on the Hayek Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 536thLargest Agricultural Sector: 841stHighest Disposable Incomes: 964thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,038thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,106thSafest: 1,268thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,552ndLargest Publishing Industry: 1,567thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,709thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,329thLargest Retail Industry: 2,580thMost Inclusive: 2,593rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,721stHighest Average Incomes: 2,948thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,036thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,052ndMost Cultured: 3,123rdRudest Citizens: 3,463rdMost Rebellious Youth: 3,787thSmartest Citizens: 4,038thHighest Economic Output: 4,039thNicest Citizens: 4,219thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,249thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,195thHealthiest Citizens: 5,648thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,853rdMost Developed: 6,925thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,339thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,854thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 9,172ndLargest Governments: 10,839thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,324thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 12,754thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,783rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 13,850thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,646thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,179thMost Stationary: 19,628thMost Influential: 20,601stLowest Crime Rates: 20,701stLargest Populations: 21,292nd
Most Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Politically Free: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the region

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