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The Community of Kierekiko

“Sparrows are good”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: 10000 Islands

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Kierekiko

Population5.561 billion

CapitalSikiero
LeaderHigh Chief Piparekiraso

Currencychirp
Animalsparrow

The Community of Kierekiko is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by High Chief Piparekiraso with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, enforced nudity, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 5.561 billion Kierekikoans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sikiero. The average income tax rate is 79.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Kierekikoan economy, worth 370 trillion chirps a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Basket Weaving industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 66,659 chirps, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Old spellbooks are only useful as door-stops or toilet roll substitute, unprotected royals have replaced their corgis with rottweilers, the minority inevitably have their addenda vetoed, and it can be a real jungle in a modern courtroom. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kierekiko's national animal is the sparrow, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Kierekiko is ranked 66,934th in the world and 656th in 10000 Islands for Smartest Citizens, with 38.24 quips per hour.

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Nudest: 259thMost Primitive: 1,971stTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,721stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,891stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,750thMost Pacifist: 6,773rdMost Influential: 6,792ndBest Weather: 6,991stMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,596thNicest Citizens: 9,851stLargest Welfare Programs: 10,033rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,537thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,584thMost Beautiful Environments: 10,765thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,968thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,596thSafest: 11,631stMost Cultured: 11,846thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,666thTop
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Highest Food Quality: 13,666thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,999thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,011thMost Inclusive: 17,822ndHealthiest Citizens: 18,048thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,355thLeast Corrupt Governments: 18,569thMost Advanced Public Transport: 23,318th
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Nudest: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Primitive: 23rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 36th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 64th in the region

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