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The Arch-Administrator of Refuge Isle

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Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Handshaker

Location: Refugia


Refuge Isle

Population4.778 billion

Capitalthe Admin Tower
LeaderArch-Administrator Luca
FaithThe Zyqxuwy


The Arch-Administrator of Refuge Isle is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Arch-Administrator Luca with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and prohibition of alcohol. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 4.778 billion Refugi 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, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the Admin Tower. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Refugi economy, worth 896 trillion planets a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 187,661 planets, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sometimes a single pallbearer is all you need, public footpaths are being slowly eroded by the burgeoning number of ramblers, turning the other cheek is accompanied by a polite letter of complaint, and the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Refuge Isle's national animal is the SimpleBot, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Zyqxuwy.

Refuge Isle is ranked 37,008th in the world and 32nd in Refugia for Most Politically Free, scoring 78.67 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 9thLeast Corrupt Governments: 164thLargest Welfare Programs: 220thMost Compassionate Citizens: 294thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 303rdNicest Citizens: 360thSafest: 362ndMost Inclusive: 398thMost Pacifist: 450thBest Weather: 502ndMost Advanced Public Education: 592ndMost Beautiful Environments: 600thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 634thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 643rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 764thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 797thMost Developed: 875thHighest Average Tax Rates: 920thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,010thMost Devout: 1,145thHealthiest Citizens: 1,212thMost Cultured: 1,228thLargest Governments: 1,367thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,442ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,497thLowest Crime Rates: 1,881stSmartest Citizens: 2,251stTop
Most Efficient Economies: 2,649thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,085thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,453rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,676thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,924thHighest Average Incomes: 7,982ndLargest Publishing Industry: 8,270thMost Influential: 9,111thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,038thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,072ndTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,608thHighest Drug Use: 19,801stHighest Economic Output: 20,361stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 21,624th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 9th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 14th in the regionMost Influential: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 16th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 17th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19th in the region

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