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Most Pacifist: 10,802nd Safest: 12,254th Most Extensive Civil Rights: 14,338th
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The Isles of Heather

Population679 million


CurrencyButterfly Wing

The Happy Lands of The Isles of Heather is a huge, safe nation, notable for its punitive income tax rates, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 679 million 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, liberal, 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 53.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Heatherese economy, worth 23.6 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 34,750 Butterfly Wings, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Oxygen is commonly known as 'breathinium', traffic cops are puzzled to see that nobody exceeds the speed limits, election ballot papers are so long that unused ones are recycled as toilet roll, and The Isles of Heather has designated Heatherton as its capital city. 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.

The Isles of Heather is ranked 85,308th in the world and 28th in Hippy Haven for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 1,220.06 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

Most Pacifist: 10,802ndSafest: 12,254thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,338thBest Weather: 14,778thNicest Citizens: 15,488th

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