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The Principality of Archipel Kerguelen

“Liberté, égalité, fraternité”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Reasonable
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: 10000 Islands

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Archipel Kerguelen

Population704 million

CapitalAurore

CurrencyFranc
AnimalMacaroni Penguin

The Principality of Archipel Kerguelen is a huge, genial nation, renowned for its state-planned economy, soft-spoken computers, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 704 million Kerguelenois are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Aurore. The average income tax rate is 77.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Kerguelenois economy, worth 38.4 trillion Francs 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 Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Pizza Delivery, and Trout Farming. Average income is 54,587 Francs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Visiting dignitaries make excuses to leave functions early and head to the nearest pub, immigrants who carry knives on them are presumed to be chefs, citizens are encouraged to report friends, family members or co-workers who seem depressed to the government for "counselling", and newly synthesized elements' half-lives are a million times shorter than the time it takes to say their names. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Archipel Kerguelen's national animal is the Macaroni Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Archipel Kerguelen is ranked 112,764th in the world and 789th in 10000 Islands for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 2,530.92 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most Secular: 3,987thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,026thMost Influential: 7,584thMost Pacifist: 8,230thSafest: 8,810thMost Income Equality: 11,042ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,766thMost Inclusive: 12,200thNicest Citizens: 12,261stTop
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Best Weather: 14,314thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,715thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,964thMost Beautiful Environments: 18,840thHealthiest Citizens: 21,069thHighest Food Quality: 21,987thMost Advanced Public Transport: 22,077thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22,499thLongest Average Lifespans: 22,854thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 24,711thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25,249thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 26,373rd
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Most Income Equality: 29th in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 74th in the region

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