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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 233rd Largest Publishing Industry: 1,532nd Highest Drug Use: 1,717th
The Protected Isle of
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Influence
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Civil Rights
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The Vines

Population10.711 billion

CapitalAsterville
LeaderFuchsia Rose

Currencybit
AnimalLernaean hydra

The Protected Isle of The Vines is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Fuchsia Rose with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 10.711 billion Vinesfolk hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, 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 79.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Vinyl economy, worth a remarkable 1,765 trillion bits a year, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 164,793 bits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

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 3,045th in the world and 5th in Pony Lands for Most Influential, scoring 21,775 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Top
1%
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 233rdLargest Publishing Industry: 1,532ndTop
5%
Highest Drug Use: 1,717thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,243rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,940thMost Influential: 3,045thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,635thMost Cultured: 3,648thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,981stMost Beautiful Environments: 4,534thMost Developed: 4,952ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,003rdSmartest Citizens: 5,046thMost Inclusive: 5,047thMost Politically Free: 5,429thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,754thNudest: 6,346thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6,369thMost Stationary: 6,457thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,886thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,934thHighest Economic Output: 7,182ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,347thTop
10%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 8,596thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,731stLargest Governments: 9,044thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,204thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,282ndHighest Average Incomes: 9,769thRudest Citizens: 9,923rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,040thBest Weather: 11,304thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,014thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,003rdMost Efficient Economies: 13,352ndHealthiest Citizens: 14,818thMost Pacifist: 15,127th
Top
5%
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 2nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Extreme: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Vines was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : The Vines was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : The Vines was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pacifist.
  • : The Vines was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : The Vines's influence in Pony Lands rose from "Negotiator" to "Contender".
  • : The Vines was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : The Vines was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : The Vines was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : The Vines endorsed Applepone.
  • : The Vines was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Drug Use.

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