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The Racism is Alive and Well of Laver Island

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Location: Europe


Laver Island

Population8.621 billion

LeaderKing Vincent and PM Einar Grímsson

AnimalLaverian Falcon

The Racism is Alive and Well of Laver Island is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by King Vincent and PM Einar Grímsson with a fair hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, keen interest in outer space, and national health service. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.621 billion Laverians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, corrupt, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vulkanerborg. The average income tax rate is 47.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Laverian economy, worth a remarkable 1,276 trillion Vixes a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 148,053 Vixes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Nouveau riche farmers diligently take care of their golden calf herds, children's daycare starts at the crack of dawn, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper, and student exchange programs are in trouble as everyone wants to leave but no-one wants to come. Crime is totally unknown. Laver Island's national animal is the Laverian Falcon, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Laver Island is ranked 27,884th in the world and 385th in Europe for Largest Governments, scoring 23.04 on the Bureaucratic Comprehensiveness Rating Scale Index.

Most Influential: 586thRudest Citizens: 2,350thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,819thLargest Retail Industry: 4,545thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,546thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,784thBest Weather: 6,132ndMost Inclusive: 6,772ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,886thMost Cultured: 8,287thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,553rdNudest: 10,469thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,269thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,314thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 11,646thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 12,319thSmartest Citizens: 12,411thNicest Citizens: 12,697thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,925thLargest Black Market: 12,994thMost Stationary: 13,002ndHighest Economic Output: 14,324thHighest Average Incomes: 14,644thMost Developed: 14,688thMost Pacifist: 15,186thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,425thMost Efficient Economies: 16,685thMost Politically Free: 16,897thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,037thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18,278thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 20,171stHighest Drug Use: 20,284thMost Advanced Public Transport: 22,529thMost Compassionate Citizens: 23,032nd
Most Politically Free: 27th in the regionRudest Citizens: 39th in the regionNudest: 49th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 51st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 53rd in the regionMost Stationary: 54th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 54th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 57th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 57th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 69th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 78th in the regionMost Influential: 102nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 105th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 118th in the regionMost Inclusive: 126th in the region

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