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The United Islands of Iontan

“Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: 10000 Islands



Population24.902 billion

CapitalIontan City
Leaderthe Executive Leader


The United Islands of Iontan is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by the Executive Leader with a fair hand, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, smutty television, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 24.902 billion Iontanians 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 enormous, socially-minded, outspoken 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 5,562 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 223,373 Tayoes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

People seem disproportionately distraught when told a museum has a phones-off policy, the government has spent days debating the merits of a petition calling for a ban on sporks, the nation's beloved 'good-natured doormat' is inundated by begging letters, and public projects are synonymous with yawn-inducing conformity. 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 159th in the world and 7th in 10000 Islands for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 59,917.67 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 61stMost Pacifist: 66thMost Influential: 66thMost Compassionate Citizens: 98thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 114thBest Weather: 131stMost Beautiful Environments: 140thSafest: 143rdNicest Citizens: 144thLargest Publishing Industry: 159thMost Rebellious Youth: 195thHealthiest Citizens: 203rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 206thMost Developed: 221stLongest Average Lifespans: 244thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 245thHighest Food Quality: 280thLargest Welfare Programs: 300thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 310thMost Advanced Public Education: 362ndMost Inclusive: 367thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 396thMost Secular: 478thSmartest Citizens: 632ndMost Cultured: 703rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 730thMost Advanced Public Transport: 786thLargest Governments: 874thMost Stationary: 1,110thLowest Crime Rates: 1,222ndHighest Economic Output: 2,168thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,195thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,244thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,539thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 5,535thLargest Populations: 5,577thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,459thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,031stTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,924thMost Subsidized Industry: 18,508thMost Efficient Economies: 22,155thMost Income Equality: 22,261st
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionMost Inclusive: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 9th in the regionMost Stationary: 12th in the regionMost Influential: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 14th in the regionTop
Most Secular: 15th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 15th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 16th in the regionLargest Governments: 19th in the regionMost Cultured: 22nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 23rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 38th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 42nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 49th in the regionLargest Populations: 51st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 60th in the regionTop
Most Politically Free: 83rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 87th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 125th in the regionMost Income Equality: 134th in the region

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