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The Island Paradise of FiHami

“Fri Hani”

Category: Authoritarian Democracy
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the South Pacific



Population2.975 billion

LeaderPuani Kokostali

AnimalFire Falcon

The Island Paradise of FiHami is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Puani Kokostali with an even hand, and remarkable for its compulsory vegetarianism, public floggings, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, humorless, devout population of 2.975 billion Finixis are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ha'Hani. The average income tax rate is 90.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse FiHamian economy, worth 217 trillion Flamethrowers a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving. Average income is 73,124 Flamethrowers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Body doubles and armed bodyguards escort witnesses to and from courtrooms, the strong are acquitted and the weak are trampled in trial by a Fire Falcon, the volume of paperwork used to complete a single environmental assessment defeats the purpose, and cheap textbooks have replaced coasters at college ragers. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. FiHami's national animal is the Fire Falcon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Finixi.

FiHami is ranked 9,618th in the world and 762nd in the South Pacific for Most Influential, scoring 5,148 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Most Devout: 489thMost Primitive: 719thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,902ndBest Weather: 2,931stLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,274thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,602ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,301stMost Advanced Public Education: 7,154thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,314thMost Pacifist: 8,720thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,124thMost Influential: 9,618thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,033rdTop
Most Cultured: 11,348thHealthiest Citizens: 11,553rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,772ndMost Inclusive: 13,258thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,684thNicest Citizens: 13,783rdMost Rebellious Youth: 14,077thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,956thLowest Crime Rates: 16,323rdLargest Governments: 18,195th
Most Devout: 12th in the regionMost Primitive: 39th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 78th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 92nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 141st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 160th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 210th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 222nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 236th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 298th in the regionMost Cultured: 321st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 328th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 335th in the regionMost Pacifist: 336th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 365th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 375th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 432nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 470th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 490th in the regionNicest Citizens: 514th in the regionLargest Governments: 533rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 548th in the regionMost Influential: 762nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 764th in the region

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