by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 84th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 141st Most Advanced Public Education: 184th
The Natural Empire of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.
Regional Influence
Auxiliary
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Natural Empire of The Kerguelen Archipelago is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Kerg with a fair hand, and notable for its frequent executions, keen interest in outer space, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 3.965 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 97.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Kerguelenian economy, worth 444 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 112,031 bottle caps, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Space shuttles regularly launch rubbish into space, Kerg has been known to make speeches in fishing waders, the government is spending millions on alternative clean-burning fuels, and the new Antarctic fox Supremacy Party is faring well in the polls. 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 10,617th in the world and 32nd in Renegade Islands Alliance for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 99.23 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Most Secular: 84thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 141stMost Advanced Public Education: 184thMost Beautiful Environments: 412thBest Weather: 502ndMost Developed: 546thLongest Average Lifespans: 796thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 851stNudest: 944thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,870thMost Influential: 1,908thSmartest Citizens: 2,703rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,836thMost Pacifist: 3,001stHealthiest Citizens: 3,321stMost Inclusive: 4,393rdHighest Drug Use: 4,842ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,909thLargest Governments: 5,062ndMost Rebellious Youth: 5,932ndLowest Crime Rates: 6,194thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,144thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,558thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,577thTop
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Most Cultured: 8,990thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,248thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,380thMost Income Equality: 9,575thMost Efficient Economies: 10,617thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,651stSafest: 10,778thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,022nd
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Most Secular: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Income Equality: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Pacifist: 8th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 9th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14th in the regionMost Inclusive: 15th in the region

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