by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 126th Most Advanced Public Education: 193rd Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 237th
The Natural Empire of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.
Regional Influence
Ambassador
Minister of Outreach
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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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 remarkable for its state-planned economy, enforced nudity, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 3.216 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 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 96.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Kerguelenian economy, worth 316 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 Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Information Technology. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 98,288 bottle caps, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Unpackaged foodstuffs rot on store shelves, the government is spending millions on alternative clean-burning fuels, same-sex marriages are increasingly common, and the new Refuse Hills housing development is under construction. 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 90,671st in the world and 184th in Renegade Islands Alliance for Largest Black Market, with 143 billion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Secular: 126thMost Advanced Public Education: 193rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 237thMost Beautiful Environments: 703rdBest Weather: 809thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,166thMost Developed: 1,190thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,370thTop
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Nudest: 1,902ndMost Influential: 1,976thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,077thSmartest Citizens: 3,740thMost Pacifist: 3,742ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,877thHealthiest Citizens: 4,012thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,029thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,054thMost Inclusive: 5,234thHighest Drug Use: 5,436thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,446thLargest Governments: 7,615thLowest Crime Rates: 7,962ndMost Cultured: 8,569thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 8,841stMost Income Equality: 9,780thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,062ndLargest Welfare Programs: 10,112thMost Efficient Economies: 10,643rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,391stSafest: 13,232ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,609th
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Most Secular: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionNudest: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 8th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 9th in the regionMost Pacifist: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Income Equality: 14th in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 19th in the regionLargest Governments: 19th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 20th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 21st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 26th in the regionMost Cultured: 27th in the regionMost Stationary: 30th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 32nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 36th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 36th in the region

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