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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 415thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,454thHighest Drug Use: 1,895th
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The Vines

Population13.308 billion

LeaderFuchsia Rose

AnimalLernaean hydra

The Protected Isle of The Vines is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Fuchsia Rose with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, museums and concert halls, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 13.308 billion Vinesfolk hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Asterville. The average income tax rate is 85.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Vinyl economy, worth a remarkable 2,125 trillion bits a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 159,747 bits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Vines's heavy congestion charges are the bane of motorists' lives, psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Fuchsia Rose to meetings with foreign heads of state, sales of pregnancy testing kits are booming, and demand for night vision goggles and boat engine mufflers has spiked. Crime is totally unknown. The Vines's national animal is the Lernaean hydra, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Vines is ranked 1,895th in the world and 2nd in Pony Lands for Highest Drug Use, scoring 117.8 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Largest Cheese Export Sector: 415thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,454thHighest Drug Use: 1,895thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,318thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,989thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,423rdMost Cultured: 3,664thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,770thMost Influential: 3,798thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,035thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,427thSmartest Citizens: 5,005thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,666thMost Developed: 5,673rdMost Stationary: 5,781stMost Inclusive: 5,956thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,132ndHighest Poor Incomes: 7,177thHighest Economic Output: 7,268thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,486thBest Weather: 8,797thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,816thLargest Governments: 8,948thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,208thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,631stLongest Average Lifespans: 9,906thNudest: 10,127thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,534thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,410thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 11,862ndMost Pacifist: 12,965thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,958thHealthiest Citizens: 14,594thMost Politically Free: 15,179thMost Efficient Economies: 15,544thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,428thLargest Populations: 18,913thMost Secular: 22,177th
Most Politically Free: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 8th in the regionNudest: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 9th in the regionMost Extreme: 9th in the regionMost Inclusive: 10th in the regionRudest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 10th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionMost Stationary: 12th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12th in the region

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