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Most Pacifist: 2,209th Largest Welfare Programs: 2,449th Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,627th
The Common Dominion of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
We may not be big, but we're small.
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Very Small and Unusually Obscure Island

Population5.552 billion

CapitalHaddock Bay
LeaderPrime Minister Megan Ross


The Common Dominion of Very Small and Unusually Obscure Island is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Prime Minister Megan Ross with a fair hand, and notable for its punitive income tax rates, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.552 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 Defense and Spirituality receive no funds. 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 653 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 55,365th in the world and 70th in Canada for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 66.97 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Most Pacifist: 2,209thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,449thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,627thBest Weather: 2,633rdNicest Citizens: 2,758thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,886thMost Influential: 3,202ndMost Advanced Public Education: 3,450thMost Inclusive: 3,499thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,757thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,952ndMost Beautiful Environments: 3,997thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,143rdHealthiest Citizens: 4,418thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,759thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,913thMost Developed: 5,198thSafest: 5,437thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,561stLargest Publishing Industry: 5,848thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,904thLowest Crime Rates: 6,444thMost Cultured: 7,432ndHighest Poor Incomes: 7,573rdSmartest Citizens: 8,054thTop
Largest Governments: 8,720thMost Income Equality: 9,604thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,638thMost Secular: 10,616th
Most Income Equality: 5th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 8th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 10th in the regionMost Pacifist: 11th in the regionNicest Citizens: 11th in the region

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