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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 17,872nd
The Rogue Nation of
Father Knows Best State
Et in Arcadia ego
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The Skullhead Islands

Population18 million

Currencyaurelia
AnimalSkullhead dove

The Rogue Nation of The Skullhead Islands is a tiny, safe nation, remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, free-roaming dinosaurs, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 18 million Skullhead Islandsians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Welfare, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 63.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Skullhead Islandsian economy, worth 851 billion aurelias a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Woodchip Exports, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 47,328 aurelias, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Court cases mostly involve lawyers shouting questions at witnesses giving silent shrugs, streakers swamp all public events in order to bare it all, photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in Leader's bedroom, and the Snapgram channel "Embarrassing Baby Leader Pics" has made Leader's mom a celebrity. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Skullhead Islands's national animal is the Skullhead dove, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

The Skullhead Islands is ranked 87,824th in the world and 11th in SenshaDo Federation for Safest, scoring 85.9 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 17,872nd
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Largest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the region

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