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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

Population7.787 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 smutty television, complete lack of prisons, and lack of airports. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 7.787 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 953 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 122,498 tentacles, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

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 1,984th in the world and 36th in Forest for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 19,721.54 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 206thBest Weather: 764thMost Beautiful Environments: 939thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,784thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,848thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,984thMost Influential: 2,042ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,151stHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,361stTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 2,548thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,852ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,283rdMost Pacifist: 3,424thSafest: 3,901stRudest Citizens: 4,065thLargest Governments: 4,405thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,765thMost Cultured: 5,990thHealthiest Citizens: 6,106thMost Developed: 6,325thMost Inclusive: 6,936thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,162ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,738thMost Efficient Economies: 10,395thNicest Citizens: 10,829thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,200thSmartest Citizens: 12,042ndTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 12,734thHighest Economic Output: 19,029thMost Devout: 21,190thLeast Corrupt Governments: 21,890thHighest Average Incomes: 22,511thHighest Drug Use: 22,719th
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 13th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 23rd in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 28th in the regionRudest Citizens: 30th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 31st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 33rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 35th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 36th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 39th in the regionMost Influential: 40th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 40th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 46th in the region

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