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The Republic of Furbish Islands

“No Malarkey”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Political Freedoms:
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Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: The Redlands


Furbish Islands

Population8.095 billion

CapitalFurby City
LeaderPrime Minister Thomas Norup
FaithChurch of Furby Island

CurrencyFurbish dollar
AnimalFurbish jungle cat

The Republic of Furbish Islands is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Prime Minister Thomas Norup with a fair hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, pith helmet sales, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 8.095 billion Furbishmen hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is primarily concerned with Administration, although Healthcare, Industry, and Defense are also considered important, while Spirituality and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Furby City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Furbish economy, worth a remarkable 2,096 trillion Furbish dollars a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 258,941 Furbish dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.0 times as much as the poorest.

Power stations shutting down at night has made bedtime reading tricky, school lockers are filled with fancy underwear, in the Beginning was the Word and the Word was "Pragmatism", and all prisons have been eliminated. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Furbish Islands's national animal is the Furbish jungle cat, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Church of Furby Island.

Furbish Islands is ranked 180,334th in the world and 32nd in The Redlands for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -8 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Rudest Citizens: 188thLargest Retail Industry: 223rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 506thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 628thHighest Crime Rates: 732ndMost Armed: 861stMost Rebellious Youth: 871stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 882ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 956thMost Avoided: 1,446thMost Cultured: 2,026thTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,232ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,324thHighest Drug Use: 2,648thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,658thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,757thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,889thHighest Average Incomes: 3,088thMost Inclusive: 3,905thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,045thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,658thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,366thFattest Citizens: 5,644thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,749thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,754thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,223rdSmartest Citizens: 6,673rdHighest Economic Output: 6,910thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,140thLargest Mining Sector: 7,401stLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,697thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,947thLargest Black Market: 8,859thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,691stTop
Most Efficient Economies: 13,694thMost Politically Free: 15,112thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15,319thLargest Insurance Industry: 16,255thMost Secular: 16,433rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,509thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 18,521stLargest Gambling Industry: 19,955th
Highest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 3rd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 4th in the region

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