by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 102nd Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 136th Most Advanced Public Education: 193rd
The Natural Empire of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.
Influence
Negotiator
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Natural Empire of The Kerguelen Archipelago is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Kerg with a fair hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, keen interest in outer space, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 4.299 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 483 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 Tourism. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is an impressive 112,426 bottle caps, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government has started a campaign to crack down on road rage and encourage alternate means of commuting, cars are banned, prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries, and mathematicians are hated by children across the country. 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 167,969th in the world and 204th in Renegade Islands Alliance for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -38 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Most Secular: 102ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 136thMost Advanced Public Education: 193rdMost Beautiful Environments: 407thBest Weather: 500thMost Developed: 562ndNudest: 643rdLongest Average Lifespans: 794thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 857thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,864thMost Influential: 1,876thSmartest Citizens: 2,687thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,757thMost Pacifist: 2,962ndHealthiest Citizens: 3,225thMost Inclusive: 4,566thHighest Drug Use: 4,857thLargest Governments: 4,990thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,011thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,113thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,846thLowest Crime Rates: 6,072ndHighest Poor Incomes: 7,671stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7,682ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,903rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,321stTop
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Safest: 8,809thMost Cultured: 9,012thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,120thMost Efficient Economies: 10,653rdMost Income Equality: 11,353rdLargest Welfare Programs: 12,062ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,508th
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Most Secular: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionMost Pacifist: 7th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionMost Income Equality: 9th in the regionTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 11th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 12th in the regionMost Inclusive: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 15th in the regionMost Politically Free: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 19th in the region

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