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The Commonwealth of Chip Skylark

“It isn't so tricky, Vicky is icky” Chip Skylark

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: 10000 Islands


Chip Skylark

Population14.591 billion

LeaderChip Skylark

CurrencyShiny Teeth
AnimalFairy Godparents

The Commonwealth of Chip Skylark is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Chip Skylark with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 14.591 billion Chip Skylarkians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dimmsdale. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Chip Skylarkian economy, worth a remarkable 4,169 trillion Shiny Teeths a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 285,759 Shiny Teeths, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is avowedly secular, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain, books are so highly regarded in Chip Skylark that libraries are often revered as holy shrines, and in a baffling press conference Chip Skylark proudly dismantled a broken door. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Chip Skylark's national animal is the Fairy Godparents, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Nope.

Chip Skylark is ranked 680th in the world and 11th in 10000 Islands for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 100.73 Effective Tax Rate.

Most Compassionate Citizens: 162ndNicest Citizens: 177thMost Pacifist: 189thMost Influential: 237thMost Developed: 260thHealthiest Citizens: 287thLongest Average Lifespans: 296thMost Inclusive: 357thSafest: 439thMost Rebellious Youth: 445thBest Weather: 449thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 484thMost Cheerful Citizens: 486thLargest Governments: 589thMost Cultured: 619thHighest Average Tax Rates: 680thMost Subsidized Industry: 697thMost Efficient Economies: 699thMost Beautiful Environments: 711thLeast Corrupt Governments: 717thHighest Poor Incomes: 778thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 827thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 923rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 943rdLowest Crime Rates: 973rdSmartest Citizens: 1,002ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,039thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,072ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,135thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,147thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,208thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,048thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,200thHighest Average Incomes: 2,288thHighest Economic Output: 2,485thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,312thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 6,063rdMost Stationary: 6,250thMost Secular: 6,808thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,688thTop
Highest Drug Use: 13,748thLargest Populations: 14,495thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,253rd
Most Developed: 6th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Pacifist: 8th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 8th in the regionBest Weather: 9th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Inclusive: 9th in the regionSafest: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Governments: 11th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 11th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 14th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 14th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15th in the regionMost Cultured: 17th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 17th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 18th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 19th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 20th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 22nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 22nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 24th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 35th in the regionMost Influential: 42nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 47th in the regionMost Stationary: 55th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 60th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 61st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 61st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 66th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 69th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 86th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 114th in the regionLargest Populations: 129th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 180th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Chip Skylark was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Chip Skylark, in a baffling press conference Chip Skylark proudly dismantled a broken door.
  • : Chip Skylark voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Trotterdam".
  • : Chip Skylark voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Legal Rights of Workers".
  • : Following new legislation in Chip Skylark, books are so highly regarded in Chip Skylark that libraries are often revered as holy shrines.
  • : Following new legislation in Chip Skylark, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain.
  • : Chip Skylark endorsed The Constitutional Monarchy of Apuoxia.
  • : Chip Skylark voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Frieden-und Freudenland".
  • : Chip Skylark voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "Freedom to Seek Medical Care II"".
  • : Chip Skylark was endorsed by The Constitutional Monarchy of Apuoxia.


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