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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,610thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,263rdMost Subsidized Industry: 2,463rd
The Commonwealth of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Paradijs Op Aarde/Paradise On Earth
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Van Hool Islands

Population7.958 billion

LeaderPrime Minister Ariella Aitken


The Commonwealth of Van Hool Islands is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Prime Minister Ariella Aitken with an even hand, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, public floggings, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, cheerful population of 7.958 billion Van Hool Islanders have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vandenbrink. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 84.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Van Hool economy, worth a remarkable 1,237 trillion guilders a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 155,494 guilders, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 825,599 per year while the poor average 15,472, a ratio of 53.4 to 1.

Voting is voluntary, lending firms are subject to strict government regulations, scientists recently cloned the long-extinct feather-bellied Orca, and police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Van Hool Islands's national animal is the Orca, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Van Hool Islands is ranked 198,536th in the world and 2nd in NS Parliament for Most Primitive, scoring -374.3 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,610thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,263rdMost Subsidized Industry: 2,463rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,540thMost Efficient Economies: 3,006thNicest Citizens: 4,291stLargest Publishing Industry: 4,568thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,397thMost Pacifist: 5,452ndMost Rebellious Youth: 5,865thMost Cultured: 5,992ndHealthiest Citizens: 6,391stMost Inclusive: 6,599thMost Developed: 6,753rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,967thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,640thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,817thSmartest Citizens: 7,898thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,162ndMost Advanced Public Education: 8,212thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,985thLargest Governments: 8,995thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,163rdTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 10,787thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,164thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,495thHighest Average Incomes: 12,235thMost Secular: 12,953rdHighest Economic Output: 13,416thLargest Retail Industry: 13,452ndMost Beautiful Environments: 14,808thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,827thBest Weather: 15,385thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15,671stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,767thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,915thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,389th

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