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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,548thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,256thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,369th
The Commonwealth of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Paradijs Op Aarde/Paradise On Earth
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Van Hool Islands

Population7.725 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 museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, cheerful population of 7.725 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 1,201 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 8,004th in the world and 1st in NS Parliament for Longest Average Lifespans, with 91.61 Years.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,548thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,256thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,369thMost Efficient Economies: 2,982ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,048thNicest Citizens: 4,259thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,424thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,397thMost Pacifist: 5,410thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,899thMost Cultured: 6,014thHealthiest Citizens: 6,369thMost Inclusive: 6,618thMost Developed: 6,770thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,992ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,673rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,765thSmartest Citizens: 7,909thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,004thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,148thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,040thLargest Governments: 9,132ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,310thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 10,801stHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,026thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,520thHighest Average Incomes: 12,307thMost Secular: 12,764thLargest Retail Industry: 13,016thHighest Economic Output: 13,754thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,527thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,558thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,910thBest Weather: 15,240thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,700thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,868thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 16,325thMost Average: 20,067th

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