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The Langburn Islands

Population483 million



The Commonwealth of The Langburn Islands is a huge, socially progressive nation, notable for its parental licensing program, free-roaming dinosaurs, and state-planned economy. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 483 million Langburnians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Onita. The average income tax rate is 74.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Langburnian economy, worth 44.1 trillion dollars a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Book Publishing. Average income is 91,296 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

End-of-year production reports state that the revolution is really going with a bang, maximum security fish farms leave caged salmon pining for the fjords, an underground movement of cigarette smokers has sprung up in response to a government ban, and billions of dollars are spent to take high-quality photos of the Fish Nebula. Crime is totally unknown. The Langburn Islands's national animal is the fish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

The Langburn Islands is ranked 116,138th in the world and 4,096th in the South Pacific for Most Extreme, scoring 17.67 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,353rdTop
Most Influential: 4,390thMost Pacifist: 6,945thNicest Citizens: 8,303rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,473rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,597thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,720thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,253rdMost Inclusive: 9,704thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,282ndBest Weather: 10,613thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,018thLeast Corrupt Governments: 12,269thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,457thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,235thHealthiest Citizens: 15,432ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 17,358thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,615thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,712thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19,683rdMost Developed: 19,743rdHighest Poor Incomes: 20,707thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22,266thSmartest Citizens: 23,241stHighest Average Tax Rates: 23,311thMost Subsidized Industry: 23,524thSafest: 23,609th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 58th in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 245th in the regionMost Pacifist: 254th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 258th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 290th in the regionNicest Citizens: 299th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 305th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 305th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 321st in the regionMost Inclusive: 346th in the regionBest Weather: 356th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 390th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 477th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 480th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 497th in the regionMost Influential: 502nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 556th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 569th in the regionMost Developed: 577th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 632nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 676th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 695th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 727th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 790th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 796th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 796th in the regionLargest Governments: 797th in the region

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