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Most Pacifist: 2,218th Largest Welfare Programs: 2,453rd Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,634th
The Common Dominion of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
We may not be big, but we're small.
Influence
Apprentice
Region
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Very Small and Unusually Obscure Island

Population5.542 billion

CapitalHaddock Bay
LeaderPrime Minister Megan Ross

CurrencyFish
AnimalFish

The Common Dominion of Very Small and Unusually Obscure Island is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Prime Minister Megan Ross with a fair hand, and remarkable for its digital currency, irreverence towards religion, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.542 billion Very Small and Unusually Obscure Islanders love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Administration, Healthcare, and Environment are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Haddock Bay. The average income tax rate is 93.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Very Small and Unusually Obscure Islandish economy, worth 652 trillion Fish a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 117,789 Fish, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Young children are learning advanced physics to scientifically disprove the existence of Santa Claus, banning party poppers has been a real party pooper, grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps, and the nation locks people up and tells them they're mad for compassion's sake. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Very Small and Unusually Obscure Island's national animal is the Fish, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Very Small and Unusually Obscure Island is ranked 9,596th in the world and 5th in Canada for Most Income Equality, scoring 85.87 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Most Pacifist: 2,218thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,453rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,634thBest Weather: 2,646thNicest Citizens: 2,768thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,896thMost Influential: 3,202ndMost Advanced Public Education: 3,459thMost Inclusive: 3,501stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,775thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,964thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,009thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,157thHealthiest Citizens: 4,431stMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,781stMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,944thMost Developed: 5,213thSafest: 5,447thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,581stLargest Publishing Industry: 5,859thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,926thLowest Crime Rates: 6,452ndMost Cultured: 7,460thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,583rdSmartest Citizens: 8,064thTop
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Largest Governments: 8,747thMost Income Equality: 9,596thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,671stMost Secular: 10,636th
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Most Income Equality: 5th in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionNicest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Pacifist: 11th in the region

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