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Largest Publishing Industry: 109thMost Advanced Public Education: 804thMost Stationary: 969th
The Colony of
Democratic Socialists
For the good of life and liberty
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Iridae

Population22.359 billion

CapitalIridae City
LeaderHigh Mistress Sappharina
FaithThe Seekers of the Sapphire Goddess

CurrencyOpal
AnimalLionfish

The Colony of Iridae is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by High Mistress Sappharina with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, state-planned economy, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 22.359 billion Iridaeans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Education, although Healthcare, Environment, and Welfare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Law & Order are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Iridae City. The average income tax rate is 77.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Iridaean economy, worth a remarkable 3,048 trillion Opals a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, highly specialized black market in Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 136,329 Opals, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months, all the playground's a stage for Iridaean schoolchildren, High Mistress Sappharina's new office has a propensity to catch on fire, and the government prides itself on being smug and condescending to idiots. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Iridae's national animal is the Lionfish, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Seekers of the Sapphire Goddess.

Iridae is ranked 6,654th in the world and 191st in The East Pacific for Highest Poor Incomes, with 120,880.5 Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 109thMost Advanced Public Education: 804thMost Stationary: 969thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,412thLargest Black Market: 1,459thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,418thHighest Crime Rates: 2,867thMost Developed: 3,432ndSmartest Citizens: 3,648thHighest Economic Output: 4,225thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,654thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,914thLargest Populations: 5,023rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,166thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,654thNudest: 7,716thMost Devout: 8,229thMost Inclusive: 8,302ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,013thTop
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Most Influential: 11,675thMost Cultured: 12,005thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,985thMost Income Equality: 16,668thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,890thHighest Average Incomes: 17,088thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,145thLargest Governments: 17,485thMost Subsidized Industry: 18,084thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,074thMost Efficient Economies: 22,387th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionMost Stationary: 21st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 23rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 29th in the regionLargest Populations: 41st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 61st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 65th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 74th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 104th in the regionMost Developed: 105th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 123rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 127th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 166th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 191st in the regionMost Devout: 241st in the regionNudest: 255th in the regionMost Inclusive: 265th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 291st in the regionMost Cultured: 307th in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 468th in the regionLargest Governments: 481st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 485th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 489th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 503rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 512th in the regionRudest Citizens: 567th in the regionMost Influential: 611th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 621st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 639th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Iridae was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, the government prides itself on being smug and condescending to idiots.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, High Mistress Sappharina's new office has a propensity to catch on fire.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, all the playground's a stage for Iridaean schoolchildren.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, the nation's most "productive" diamond mine hasn't been operational for seven months.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, opening a bad email attachment can be a major felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, landless farmers wander forlornly in the government's many national parks.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, calling dibs is an unalienable right.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, uprooting flowers for religious ceremonies is a felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, proper policy proposals prerequire professional peer-reviewed papers.

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