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Most Pacifist: 10,335th Safest: 11,685th Nicest Citizens: 14,852nd
The Happy Lands of
Left-wing Utopia
Preserve and Protect
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Fair
Political Freedom
Excellent

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The Isles of Heather

Population1.598 billion

CapitalHeatherton
LeaderPrincess Heather Heatherton
FaithSpiritual Beliefs

CurrencyButterfly Wing
AnimalButterfly

The Happy Lands of The Isles of Heather is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Princess Heather Heatherton with a fair hand, and remarkable for its lack of airports, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 1.598 billion Heatherese 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 large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Heatherton. The average income tax rate is 54.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Heatherese economy, worth 55.6 trillion Butterfly Wings a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 34,810 Butterfly Wings, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Election ballot papers are so long that unused ones are recycled as toilet roll, The Isles of Heather has designated Heatherton as its capital city, Princess Heather Heatherton has just been declared ruler of The Isles of Heather in an international press conference, and Spiritual Beliefs has been named as The Isles of Heather's national religion. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Isles of Heather's national animal is the Butterfly, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Spiritual Beliefs.

The Isles of Heather is ranked 135,035th in the world and 22nd in Hippy Haven for Highest Disposable Incomes, with 15,978.01 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Pacifist: 10,335thSafest: 11,685thNicest Citizens: 14,852ndBest Weather: 15,202ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,618thMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,659thMost Income Equality: 16,274thMost Rebellious Youth: 16,540th
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Most Devout: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Isles of Heather was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : The Isles of Heather was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Rebellious Youth.
  • : The Isles of Heather was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : The Isles of Heather was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : The Isles of Heather changed its national faith to "Spiritual Beliefs".
  • : Following new legislation in The Isles of Heather, Spiritual Beliefs has been named as The Isles of Heather's national religion.
  • : The Isles of Heather was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Compassionate Citizens.
  • : The Isles of Heather was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Compassionate Citizens.
  • : The Isles of Heather was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : The Isles of Heather changed its national leader to "Princess Heather Heatherton".

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