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Most Subsidized Industry: 1,804th Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,380th Nicest Citizens: 3,849th
The Commonwealth of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Paradijs Op Aarde/Paradise On Earth
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Van Hool Islands

Population4.697 billion

LeaderPrime Minister Ariella Aitken


The Commonwealth of Van Hool Islands is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Prime Minister Ariella Aitken with an even hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, frequent executions, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, cheerful population of 4.697 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 736 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 145,794th in the world and 15th in Oceania for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 51.05 Workforce Participation Rate.

Most Subsidized Industry: 1,804thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,380thNicest Citizens: 3,849thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,312thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,398thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,671stMost Pacifist: 5,125thMost Developed: 5,400thMost Inclusive: 5,982ndHealthiest Citizens: 6,006thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,013thMost Cultured: 6,091stMost Rebellious Youth: 6,372ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,458thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,105thMost Efficient Economies: 7,315thSmartest Citizens: 7,485thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,774thTop
Largest Governments: 8,754thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,822ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,993rdLowest Crime Rates: 9,627thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,191stMost Secular: 10,874thHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,004thHighest Average Incomes: 11,081stLargest Retail Industry: 11,784thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,890thMost Average: 12,769thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,336thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,689thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,723rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,425thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,757thBest Weather: 15,912th
Most Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Average: 1st in the regionTop
Best Weather: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 2nd in the region

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