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Largest Publishing Industry: 106th Most Advanced Public Education: 850th Largest Black Market: 983rd
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Iridae

Population19.908 billion

CapitalIridae City
LeaderHigh Mistress Sappharina
FaithThe Seekers of the Sapphire Goddess

CurrencyOpal
AnimalLionfish

The Colony of Iridae is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by High Mistress Sappharina with an even hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, ritual sacrifices, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 19.908 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 government is primarily concerned with Education, although Healthcare, Environment, and Welfare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Law & Order aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Iridae City. The average income tax rate is 73.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Iridaean economy, worth a remarkable 2,615 trillion Opals a year, is highly specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Book Publishing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 131,381 Opals, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Iridae City, anti-government web sites are springing up, it's best not to ask what goes into Iridae City Fried Chicken's secret blend of herbs and spices, and murderers and thieves claim divine inspiration to avoid prosecution. 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 4,114th in the world and 62nd in The East Pacific for Highest Economic Output, with 2,615 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 106thMost Advanced Public Education: 850thLargest Black Market: 983rdMost Stationary: 1,050thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,444thTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 2,020thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,422ndSmartest Citizens: 3,439thHighest Economic Output: 4,114thNudest: 4,586thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,700thLargest Populations: 5,252ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,569thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,691stMost Developed: 6,502ndHighest Poor Incomes: 6,864thMost Devout: 7,484thTop
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Most Inclusive: 8,283rdMost Influential: 9,371stRudest Citizens: 11,800thMost Cultured: 12,559th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionLargest Black Market: 16th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 20th in the regionMost Stationary: 26th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 31st in the regionLargest Populations: 46th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 50th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 62nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 80th in the regionNudest: 109th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 125th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 127th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 136th in the regionMost Developed: 182nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 186th in the regionMost Devout: 191st in the regionRudest Citizens: 218th in the regionMost Inclusive: 245th in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 306th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 414th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 434th in the regionLargest Governments: 436th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 441st in the regionMost Avoided: 451st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 477th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 478th in the regionMost Influential: 535th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Iridae was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Iridae was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Iridae was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Iridae was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Inclusive.
  • : Iridae was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, murderers and thieves claim divine inspiration to avoid prosecution.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, it's best not to ask what goes into Iridae City Fried Chicken's secret blend of herbs and spices.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, anti-government web sites are springing up.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, the bonfire of the old paper records can be seen for miles around Iridae City.
  • : Iridae was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.

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