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The Verde Isles

Population178 million


The Commonwealth of The Verde Isles is a very large, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its complete lack of prisons, suspicion of poets, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 178 million Verde Islesians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 43.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Verde Islesian economy, worth 8.87 trillion dollars a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Woodchip Exports, and Gambling. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 49,806 dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

The automobile industry is sitting up and taking notice of the new 24 hour race events... as are the track's sleepless neighbours, money that should have gone to charities is instead spent on monitoring them, old dogs don't have to learn new tricks but they have to prove they haven't forgotten old ones, and graverobbers claim they're acting within the interest of 'scientific preservation'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Verde Isles's national animal is the seahawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The Verde Isles is ranked 66,506th in the world and 167th in Refugia for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 2,467.22 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5,401stTop
Safest: 15,224thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,880thMost Pacifist: 21,351stBest Weather: 25,905th
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19th in the region

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