by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 468thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 475thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 661st
The Enlightened Green Isles of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Rage, rage against the dying of the light...
Civil Rights
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The Phoenix Flame

Population22.803 billion

CapitalThe Tower of Enlightenment
LeaderThe Council of the Enlightened


The Enlightened Green Isles of The Phoenix Flame is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Council of the Enlightened with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, democratic population of 22.803 billion Phoenaecians 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 government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Tower of Enlightenment. The average income tax rate is 98.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Phoenaecian economy, worth a remarkable 3,056 trillion Luxes 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 Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is an impressive 134,030 Luxes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Banning party poppers has been a real party pooper, the Phoenaecian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, park rangers perform full-body searches on suspected fungus smugglers, and third world countries are rich in "I Love The Tower Of Enlightenment" t-shirts. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Phoenix Flame's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The Phoenix Flame is ranked 236,755th in the world and 197th in Yggdrasil for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -13.23 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 468thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 475thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 661stMost Valuable International Artwork: 764thSafest: 974thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,235thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,494thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,623rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,627thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,646thBest Weather: 1,683rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,709thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,799thLowest Crime Rates: 2,265thTop
Most Stationary: 2,413thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,580thMost Pacifist: 2,698thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,766thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,952ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,986thLargest Governments: 3,022ndMost Cultured: 3,314thHealthiest Citizens: 3,493rdMost Developed: 3,631stHighest Economic Output: 4,740thSmartest Citizens: 5,350thLargest Populations: 5,470thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,185thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,121stMost Rebellious Youth: 8,616thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,680thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,680thNicest Citizens: 9,761stMost Inclusive: 11,801stTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 13,258thHighest Average Incomes: 18,439thMost Income Equality: 18,512th
Most Influential: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 10th in the regionSafest: 10th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 11th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 12th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 13th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 13th in the regionBest Weather: 13th in the regionMost Pacifist: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 16th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 16th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 17th in the regionLargest Governments: 17th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Developed: 19th in the regionMost Income Equality: 19th in the regionMost Cultured: 20th in the region

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