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The Cephalopodic Republic of Octopus Islands

“Octopuses' lives are more important than humans' lives” Kraken

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Forest

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Octopus Islands

Population6.847 billion

CapitalOctopolis
LeaderKraken

Currencytentacle
Animalmimic octopus

The Cephalopodic Republic of Octopus Islands is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Kraken with an even hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, compulsory vegetarianism, and smutty television. The compassionate, devout population of 6.847 billion Cephalopods have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Octopolis. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Cephalopodic economy, worth 839 trillion tentacles a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 122,559 tentacles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

The government has legalised small-scale capitalism, rumor has it that Kraken has won three lotteries in a row, owning a really cute pet is grounds for immediate investigation, and more than one company makes the board game Monopoly. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Octopus Islands's national animal is the mimic octopus, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Octopus Islands is ranked 219,051st in the world and 370th in Forest for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring -15.2 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 204thBest Weather: 766thMost Beautiful Environments: 954thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,838thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,967thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,061stMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,204thMost Influential: 2,229thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 2,353rdMost Rebellious Youth: 2,539thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,631stMost Pacifist: 3,259thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,724thSafest: 4,001stRudest Citizens: 4,029thLargest Governments: 4,398thMost Cultured: 5,882ndLongest Average Lifespans: 5,904thHealthiest Citizens: 5,987thMost Developed: 6,300thMost Inclusive: 6,515thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,333rdMost Efficient Economies: 10,224thNicest Citizens: 10,395thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,447thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,254thSmartest Citizens: 11,912thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,354thMost Devout: 19,634thHighest Economic Output: 20,469thHighest Average Incomes: 21,763rdHighest Drug Use: 22,341st
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 14th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 21st in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 26th in the regionBest Weather: 30th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 31st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 34th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 34th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 35th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 36th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 39th in the regionMost Influential: 42nd in the region

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