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The Colony of 985

“Rats, we're rats, we're the rats”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific



Population883 million

CapitalLas Vegas


The Colony of 985 is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, democratic population of 883 million Rats 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 government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Las Vegas. The average income tax rate is 76.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Rat economy, worth 79.1 trillion baldcoins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Cheese Exports, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 89,636 baldcoins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Banning party poppers has been a real party pooper, the weather report is the prisoners' favourite programme, turning the other cheek is accompanied by a polite letter of complaint, and one does not simply walk into the tundra. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. 985's national animal is the rat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

985 is ranked 14,958th in the world and 476th in the South Pacific for Longest Average Lifespans, with 79.71 Years.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,351stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,526thMost Influential: 4,068thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5,401stSafest: 6,198thMost Pacifist: 7,246thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 8,474thNicest Citizens: 8,518thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,924thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,950thMost Inclusive: 11,190thLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,502ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11,773rdBest Weather: 12,033rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,456thHealthiest Citizens: 12,902ndMost Secular: 14,667thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,958th
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 135th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 173rd in the regionSafest: 205th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 222nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 279th in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 297th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 297th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 308th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 387th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 393rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 394th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 395th in the regionBest Weather: 396th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 397th in the regionMost Inclusive: 404th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 410th in the regionMost Influential: 423rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 459th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 462nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 475th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 476th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 493rd in the regionMost Secular: 502nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 511th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 525th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 532nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 551st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 577th in the region

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