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The Hidden Pirate Cove of Chan Island

Chan Island was Condemned by Security Council Resolution # 264

“Hoist the black flag!”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Forest

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Chan Island

Population11.431 billion

CapitalChanning Townton
LeaderJackie Chan
FaithMoney

CurrencyShiny Thing
AnimalAxe

The Hidden Pirate Cove of Chan Island is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Jackie Chan with an even hand, and remarkable for its ritual sacrifices, state-planned economy, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 11.431 billion Chan Islanders have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Channing Townton. The average income tax rate is 84.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Chan Islander economy, worth a remarkable 1,025 trillion Shiny Things 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 a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, 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 89,734 Shiny Things, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Piracy is the nation's most popular pastime, games of cops and robbers typically end in at least one fatal shooting, official Sermon-Free Zones are set-up around the nation's hotels, and the banshee wail foretells skies of death. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Chan Island's national animal is the Axe, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Money.

Chan Island is ranked 146,375th in the world and 301st in Forest for Highest Drug Use, scoring 53.4 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

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Most Influential: 1,090thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,923rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,499thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,920thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,818thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,824thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,232ndBest Weather: 10,445thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,012thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,133rdLargest Black Market: 11,736thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 12,244thMost Stationary: 13,669thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,749thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 14,212thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,914thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,096thLongest Average Lifespans: 17,338thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,413thHighest Economic Output: 17,665thLargest Governments: 19,491stHighest Poor Incomes: 23,785thMost Developed: 23,816thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 23,922nd
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Most Average: 10th in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 25th in the regionMost Stationary: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 39th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 42nd in the region

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