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The Incorporated States of Small Fish

“Even small fish serve a purpose.”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Small Fish

Population37.822 billion

CapitalBig Fish City

Currencysquid
Animalland shark

The Incorporated States of Small Fish is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, national health service, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 37.822 billion Small Fishians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, liberal, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Education, with Environment also on the agenda, while Defense and Law & Order receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Big Fish City. The average income tax rate is 53.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Small Fishian economy, worth a remarkable 6,844 trillion squids a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Gambling. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 180,957 squids, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is spending millions on renovating the public transportation system, leather-clad individuals can be seen walking their slaves in public parks, citizens are enjoying a recent large cut in taxes, and cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Small Fish's national animal is the land shark, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Small Fish is ranked 216,391st in the world and 6,669th in the Rejected Realms for Rudest Citizens, with 8.71 Insults Per Minute.

Top
1%
Largest Publishing Industry: 26thMost Cheerful Citizens: 133rdLargest Populations: 234thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 281stMost Stationary: 399thMost Pacifist: 437thMost Rebellious Youth: 591stMost Advanced Public Education: 678thSmartest Citizens: 794thLeast Corrupt Governments: 828thNicest Citizens: 854thHighest Economic Output: 1,015thMost Cultured: 1,060thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,377thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,624thHighest Crime Rates: 1,818thTop
5%
Most Compassionate Citizens: 2,556thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,668thHighest Drug Use: 2,825thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,549thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,780thBest Weather: 5,260thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,991stLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,375thHighest Average Incomes: 8,290thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,460thNudest: 9,733rdMost Secular: 10,058thTop
10%
Most Influential: 11,653rdLargest Governments: 13,630thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,751stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 19,454th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 21st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 23rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 23rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 25th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 26th in the regionMost Cultured: 28th in the regionNicest Citizens: 34th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 45th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 57th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 57th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 61st in the regionTop
5%
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 69th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 124th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 127th in the regionBest Weather: 141st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 145th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 156th in the regionMost Influential: 185th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 191st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 233rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 240th in the regionMost Politically Free: 321st in the regionMost Secular: 325th in the regionLargest Governments: 325th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 458th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 484th in the regionMost Developed: 526th in the regionMost Inclusive: 536th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Small Fish, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.
  • : Small Fish was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Following new legislation in Small Fish, citizens are enjoying a recent large cut in taxes.
  • : Small Fish's influence in The Rejected Realms rose from "Shoeshiner" to "Page".
  • : Following new legislation in Small Fish, leather-clad individuals can be seen walking their slaves in public parks.
  • : Small Fish was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Small Fish's influence in The Rejected Realms fell from "Page" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Small Fish was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Compassionate Citizens.
  • : Small Fish was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Small Fish, the government is spending millions on renovating the public transportation system.

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