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The United Islands of Iontan

“Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: 10000 Islands

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Iontan

Population21.721 billion

CapitalIontan City
Leaderthe Executive Leader

CurrencyTayo
AnimalPanther

The United Islands of Iontan is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by the Executive Leader with a fair hand, and notable for its national health service, state-planned economy, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 21.721 billion Iontanians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Iontan City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Iontian economy, worth a remarkable 4,788 trillion Tayoes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 220,477 Tayoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds, some Iontian athletes have defected to Blackacre after being denied the chance to compete in international sporting events, cremation is compulsory for the deceased, and there's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Iontan's national animal is the Panther, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Iontan is ranked 69,741st in the world and 424th in 10000 Islands for Most Politically Free, scoring 71.9 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 53rdMost Pacifist: 60thMost Influential: 61stMost Compassionate Citizens: 77thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 105thBest Weather: 124thNicest Citizens: 127thSafest: 131stMost Beautiful Environments: 136thLargest Publishing Industry: 151stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 166thHealthiest Citizens: 184thMost Rebellious Youth: 189thMost Developed: 199thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 209thLongest Average Lifespans: 218thMost Inclusive: 245thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 274thLargest Welfare Programs: 276thMost Advanced Public Education: 318thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 324thMost Secular: 458thSmartest Citizens: 598thHighest Average Tax Rates: 646thMost Cultured: 675thMost Advanced Public Transport: 762ndLargest Governments: 792ndLowest Crime Rates: 1,156thMost Stationary: 1,224thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,732ndHighest Economic Output: 2,176thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,353rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,396thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 4,999thLargest Populations: 5,925thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,278thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,781stTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,583rdMost Income Equality: 16,050thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,526thMost Efficient Economies: 21,706th
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Safest: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 11th in the regionMost Secular: 12th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 14th in the regionMost Influential: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionMost Cultured: 21st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 40th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 42nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 44th in the regionLargest Populations: 52nd in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 71st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 78th in the regionMost Income Equality: 81st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Iontan, there's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt.
  • : Following new legislation in Iontan, cremation is compulsory for the deceased.
  • : Following new legislation in Iontan, some Iontian athletes have defected to Blackacre after being denied the chance to compete in international sporting events.
  • : Following new legislation in Iontan, police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds.
  • : Following new legislation in Iontan, with increasingly clear skies nobody seems to mind the electricity bill going through the roof.
  • : Following new legislation in Iontan, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Iontan, sales of disinfectant wipes have skyrocketed.
  • : Following new legislation in Iontan, party leaders rely on horoscopes to create "ticket balance".
  • : Following new legislation in Iontan, Iontian watches are often the only thing to survive a disaster intact.
  • : Following new legislation in Iontan, the hills are alive with the sound of ringtones.

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