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Most Subsidized Industry: 1,832nd Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,346th Nicest Citizens: 3,897th
The Commonwealth of
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Paradijs Op Aarde/Paradise On Earth
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Van Hool Islands

Population5.25 billion

CapitalVandenbrink
LeaderPrime Minister Ariella Aitken

Currencyguilder
AnimalOrca

The Commonwealth of Van Hool Islands is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Prime Minister Ariella Aitken with an even hand, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, cheerful population of 5.25 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 84.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Van Hool economy, worth 823 trillion guilders a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 156,781 guilders, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 458,021 per year while the poor average 42,380, a ratio of 10.8 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 87,220th in the world and 9th in Oceania for Most Pro-Market, scoring 46.67 on the Rand Index.

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Most Subsidized Industry: 1,832ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,346thNicest Citizens: 3,897thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,371stMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,753rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,758thMost Pacifist: 5,144thMost Developed: 5,508thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,011thMost Cultured: 6,051stMost Inclusive: 6,060thHealthiest Citizens: 6,069thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,317thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,637thMost Efficient Economies: 7,226thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,272ndSmartest Citizens: 7,615thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,736thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,639thTop
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Largest Governments: 8,877thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,076thLowest Crime Rates: 10,024thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,185thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,947thHighest Average Incomes: 11,418thMost Secular: 11,631stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,650thMost Average: 11,758thLargest Retail Industry: 11,762ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,089thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,898thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,894thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15,226thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,433rdBest Weather: 15,444thHighest Economic Output: 17,173rd
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Smartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Average: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the region

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