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Most Influential: 465thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 498thMost Valuable International Artwork: 592nd
The Enlightened Green Isles of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Rage, rage against the dying of the light...
Civil Rights
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The Phoenix Flame

Population22.334 billion

CapitalThe Tower of Enlightenment
LeaderThe Council of the Enlightened


The Enlightened Green Isles of The Phoenix Flame is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by The Council of the Enlightened with a fair hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, state-planned economy, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, democratic population of 22.334 billion Phoenaecians 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.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Tower of Enlightenment. The average income tax rate is 98.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Phoenaecian economy, worth a remarkable 3,011 trillion Luxes a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is an impressive 134,832 Luxes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Banning party poppers has been a real party pooper, the Phoenaecian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, park rangers perform full-body searches on suspected fungus smugglers, and third world countries are rich in "I Love The Tower Of Enlightenment" t-shirts. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Phoenix Flame's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The Phoenix Flame is ranked 238,184th in the world and 172nd in Yggdrasil for Highest Disposable Incomes, with 1,887.65 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Influential: 465thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 498thMost Valuable International Artwork: 592ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 688thSafest: 955thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,258thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,522ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,608thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,674thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,696thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,708thBest Weather: 1,718thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,791stLowest Crime Rates: 2,229thTop
Most Stationary: 2,451stLargest Welfare Programs: 2,556thMost Pacifist: 2,598thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,712thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,881stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,887thLargest Governments: 2,986thMost Cultured: 3,259thHealthiest Citizens: 3,416thMost Developed: 3,558thHighest Economic Output: 4,679thSmartest Citizens: 5,202ndLargest Populations: 5,502ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,178thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,794thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,642ndMost Subsidized Industry: 8,735thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,462ndNicest Citizens: 9,583rdMost Inclusive: 11,620thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 13,008thHighest Average Incomes: 18,082ndMost Income Equality: 18,472nd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionTop
Safest: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the regionLargest Populations: 13th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 13th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 13th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 14th in the regionMost Income Equality: 14th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionMost Pacifist: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 15th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 16th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 18th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 18th in the region

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