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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 614th Most Devout: 1,297th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,386th
The Republic of
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In Manu Dei Nos Dirigit.
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The Free Islands of Independence

Population5.865 billion

LeaderHerman Kitchener


The Republic of The Free Islands of Independence is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Herman Kitchener with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, barren, inhospitable landscape, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.865 billion Islandians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Amients. The average income tax rate is 30.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Islandian economy, worth a remarkable 1,489 trillion Islandmarks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an amazing 254,029 Islandmarks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.2 times as much as the poorest.

Businessmen walk out of meetings halfway because their shift is over, airport security is provided by private companies, political dissidents are cut off from essential services, and both diets and economic output are growing leaner with recent restrictions to free trade. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Free Islands of Independence's national animal is the Pigeon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Christianity.

The Free Islands of Independence is ranked 158,587th in the world and 8,029th in The North Pacific for Most Primitive, scoring -532.76 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 614thMost Devout: 1,297thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,386thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,399thTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1,888thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,230thLargest Retail Industry: 2,289thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,403rdLargest Mining Sector: 2,556thHighest Average Incomes: 2,676thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,684thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,059thLowest Crime Rates: 3,600thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,771stLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,788thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,324thMost Cultured: 4,492ndMost Avoided: 4,583rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5,060thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,823rdHealthiest Citizens: 5,833rdHighest Poor Incomes: 6,185thMost Efficient Economies: 6,728thLargest Governments: 6,949thLargest Insurance Industry: 7,116thLargest Black Market: 7,869thTop
Smartest Citizens: 8,454thHighest Economic Output: 8,486thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,731stMost Subsidized Industry: 11,036th
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 46th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 48th in the regionMost Devout: 61st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 64th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 78th in the regionTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 84th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 98th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 103rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 117th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 122nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 155th in the regionMost Avoided: 155th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 167th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 168th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 169th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 180th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 219th in the regionMost Cultured: 221st in the regionLargest Black Market: 223rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 230th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 242nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 242nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 303rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 313th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 319th in the regionLargest Governments: 345th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 345th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 487th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 542nd in the regionLargest Populations: 737th in the region

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