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The Republic of Furbish Islands

“No Malarkey”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: The Redlands


Furbish Islands

Population8.585 billion

CapitalFurby City
LeaderPrime Minister Thomas Norup
FaithChurch of Furby Island

CurrencyFurbish dollar
AnimalFurbish jungle cat

The Republic of Furbish Islands is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Prime Minister Thomas Norup with a fair hand, and renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 8.585 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, with Healthcare, Industry, and Defense also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare aren't funded at all. 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 2,223 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 258,955 Furbish dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.0 times as much as the poorest.

Voting is voluntary, any citizen who cries is immediately assigned a psychiatrist, the "fire department" is often called to remove offensive religious texts, and Furbish politics is literally a blood sport. 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 21,392nd in the world and 3rd in The Redlands for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 6,570.16 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Rudest Citizens: 203rdLargest Retail Industry: 233rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 496thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 659thHighest Crime Rates: 747thMost Rebellious Youth: 860thMost Armed: 886thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 897thHighest Disposable Incomes: 939thMost Avoided: 1,449thMost Cultured: 2,084thTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 2,324thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,522ndHighest Drug Use: 2,531stLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,674thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,928thHighest Average Incomes: 3,060thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,106thMost Inclusive: 4,019thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,247thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,637thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,545thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,844thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,285thFattest Citizens: 6,453rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,568thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,592ndHighest Economic Output: 6,631stSmartest Citizens: 6,751stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,672ndLargest Mining Sector: 8,094thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,799thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,853rdLargest Black Market: 9,021stTop
Most Efficient Economies: 14,523rdMost Secular: 16,308thLargest Insurance Industry: 17,309thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 18,141stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19,159thMost Politically Free: 20,272ndLargest Gambling Industry: 21,392ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,170th
Largest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Furbish Islands, Furbish politics is literally a blood sport.
  • : Following new legislation in Furbish Islands, the "fire department" is often called to remove offensive religious texts.
  • : Furbish Islands's influence in The Redlands rose from "Envoy" to "Diplomat".
  • : Following new legislation in Furbish Islands, any citizen who cries is immediately assigned a psychiatrist.
  • : Following new legislation in Furbish Islands, voting is voluntary.
  • : Following new legislation in Furbish Islands, angry citizens complain that there isn't enough geographical diversity on the new banknotes.
  • : Following new legislation in Furbish Islands, cricket farmers use magnifying glasses to fit every member of their herd with tiny tracking tags.
  • : Furbish Islands was reclassified from "Anarchy" to "Civil Rights Lovefest".
  • : Following new legislation in Furbish Islands, the dwindling faithful in the nation make expensive pilgrimages to the remaining places of worship.
  • : Following new legislation in Furbish Islands, economists have been named Invertebrates of the Year.


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