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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 122nd Most Advanced Public Education: 210th Most Beautiful Environments: 443rd
The Natural Empire of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.
Influence
Contender
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Kerguelen Archipelago

Population5.23 billion

CapitalPort-aux-Franšais
LeaderKerg

Currencybottle cap
AnimalAntarctic fox

The Natural Empire of The Kerguelen Archipelago is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Kerg with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, ban on automobiles, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 5.23 billion Kerguelenians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded, outspoken government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Port-aux-Franšais. The average income tax rate is 97.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Kerguelenian economy, worth 589 trillion bottle caps a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is an impressive 112,708 bottle caps, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Shops were recently ransacked as cigarettes returned to the shelves, the national census includes an opt-in to join the government-run dating service, the Violet Mile now refers to the long line-ups that former death row inmates wait in as they transfer to maximum security prisons, and the teaching of evolution has been banned. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Kerguelen Archipelago's national animal is the Antarctic fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Kerguelen Archipelago is ranked 125,335th in the world and 96th in Renegade Islands Alliance for Most Average, scoring 32.23 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 122ndMost Advanced Public Education: 210thMost Beautiful Environments: 443rdNudest: 524thBest Weather: 528thMost Developed: 650thLongest Average Lifespans: 863rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 897thMost Secular: 902ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,522ndTop
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Most Influential: 2,110thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,691stSmartest Citizens: 2,964thMost Pacifist: 2,967thHealthiest Citizens: 3,301stMost Inclusive: 5,016thLargest Governments: 5,101stMost Subsidized Industry: 5,378thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,722ndLowest Crime Rates: 6,210thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,255thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,728thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,735thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,310thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,384thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,636thMost Cultured: 8,987thTop
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Safest: 9,339thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,817thMost Income Equality: 11,900thMost Efficient Economies: 12,218thNicest Citizens: 17,070th
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Most Developed: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionMost Income Equality: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Pacifist: 9th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Inclusive: 11th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the regionLargest Governments: 12th in the region

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