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Largest Publishing Industry: 108thMost Advanced Public Education: 781stMost Stationary: 978th
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

Population21.843 billion

CapitalIridae City
LeaderHigh Mistress Sappharina
FaithThe Seekers of the Sapphire Goddess

CurrencyOpal
AnimalLionfish

The Colony of Iridae is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by High Mistress Sappharina with an even hand, and notable for its public floggings, smutty television, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, humorless, devout population of 21.843 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, with Healthcare, Environment, and Welfare also on the agenda, 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 77.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Iridaean economy, worth a remarkable 2,977 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 and Information Technology. 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 136,296 Opals, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Immigrants who carry knives on them are presumed to be chefs, the government confiscates candy from babies for 'the greater good' of the nation, rumor has it that High Mistress Sappharina has won three lotteries in a row, and the Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause. 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 205,485th in the world and 8,889th in The East Pacific for Safest, scoring 5.26 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Largest Publishing Industry: 108thMost Advanced Public Education: 781stMost Stationary: 978thLargest Black Market: 1,367thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,464thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,151stHighest Crime Rates: 2,701stMost Developed: 3,462ndSmartest Citizens: 3,693rdHighest Economic Output: 4,193rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,460thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,728thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,913thLargest Populations: 5,071stHighest Poor Incomes: 5,936thNudest: 7,059thMost Devout: 7,515thMost Inclusive: 8,217thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,664thTop
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Most Influential: 11,493rdMost Cultured: 12,618thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,730thMost Income Equality: 15,918thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,307thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,877thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,888thHighest Average Incomes: 16,949thLargest Governments: 17,467th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionMost Stationary: 21st in the regionLargest Black Market: 25th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 26th in the regionLargest Populations: 41st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 51st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 60th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 64th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 101st in the regionMost Developed: 101st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 102nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 111th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 147th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 161st in the regionMost Devout: 203rd in the regionNudest: 244th in the regionMost Inclusive: 255th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 265th in the regionMost Cultured: 315th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 417th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 444th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 452nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 464th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 467th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 473rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 545th in the regionMost Influential: 545th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 573rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 600th in the regionMost Income Equality: 877th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, the Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, rumor has it that High Mistress Sappharina has won three lotteries in a row.
  • : Iridae was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, the government confiscates candy from babies for 'the greater good' of the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, immigrants who carry knives on them are presumed to be chefs.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, couples are discouraged from marrying until they can rank their partner on a scale of one to ten.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, there's a mortuary next to every Iridaean restaurant.
  • : Following new legislation in Iridae, life expectancies inside correctional facilities vastly exceed the national average.
  • : 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 Cultured.

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