by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 97th Most Advanced Public Education: 192nd Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 221st
The Natural Empire of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.
Regional Influence
Ambassador
Co-Head of State
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Natural Empire of The Kerguelen Archipelago is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Kerg with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 3.407 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 96.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Kerguelenian economy, worth 366 trillion bottle caps a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is an impressive 107,605 bottle caps, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Local mafias have a tough time disposing of dead snitches without catching the attention of recycling authorities, international tensions are high as The Kerguelen Archipelago threatens any government with the audacity to arrest its citizens, anti-vaxxers claim that injected children are prone to psychotic breaks when they see the 'Queen of Diamonds' playing card, and the nation's leading climatologists are investigating animal flatulence in efforts to reduce methane emissions. 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 1,006th in the world and 4th in Renegade Islands Alliance for Longest Average Lifespans, with 92.41 Years.

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Most Secular: 97thMost Advanced Public Education: 192ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 221stMost Beautiful Environments: 582ndMost Developed: 607thBest Weather: 704thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,006thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,155thTop
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Nudest: 1,803rdMost Influential: 1,975thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,164thSmartest Citizens: 3,001stMost Pacifist: 3,238thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,473rdHealthiest Citizens: 3,733rdMost Subsidized Industry: 4,069thMost Inclusive: 4,871stMost Income Equality: 5,833rdHighest Drug Use: 6,047thLargest Governments: 6,142ndLowest Crime Rates: 6,971stHighest Poor Incomes: 6,998thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,446thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,062ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,827thTop
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Most Cultured: 9,225thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,953rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,130thMost Efficient Economies: 10,666thMost Advanced Public Transport: 11,772ndSafest: 13,860thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,743rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 17,974th
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Most Secular: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionNudest: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 9th in the regionMost Income Equality: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 10th in the regionMost Pacifist: 10th in the regionMost Inclusive: 15th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 19th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 21st in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 27th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 28th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 28th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 29th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 30th in the regionMost Cultured: 31st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 31st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 37th in the regionMost Politically Free: 43rd in the region

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