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The Most Serene Islands of Talvezout

“A nation for all.” Ana Sofía Sáenz

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population8.435 billion

LeaderAna Sofía Sáenz

CurrencyGolden Tavare
Animalmonk seal

The Most Serene Islands of Talvezout is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Ana Sofía Sáenz with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, otherworldly petting zoo, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 8.435 billion Talvezians 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 large, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ylfa. The average income tax rate is 96.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Talvezian economy, worth a remarkable 1,445 trillion Golden Tavares a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 171,398 Golden Tavares, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Hordes of tourists are ruining the environment, citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature', politicians tend to jump ship to whichever party is currently leading in the polls, and every workday begins with group therapy. Crime is totally unknown. Talvezout's national animal is the monk seal, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Talvezout is ranked 3,792nd in the world and 225th in The North Pacific for Healthiest Citizens, with 20.06 Bananas Ingested Per Day.

Largest Publishing Industry: 738thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 897thMost Cheerful Citizens: 904thLeast Corrupt Governments: 983rdMost Inclusive: 1,049thNicest Citizens: 1,062ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,270thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,272ndHighest Drug Use: 1,336thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,416thBest Weather: 1,512thTop
Most Cultured: 1,541stLongest Average Lifespans: 1,655thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,752ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,772ndMost Rebellious Youth: 1,990thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,057thMost Pacifist: 2,111thMost Influential: 2,117thMost Developed: 2,228thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,302ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,649thSmartest Citizens: 2,824thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,423rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,618thHealthiest Citizens: 3,792ndMost Devout: 3,829thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,869thMost Efficient Economies: 3,907thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4,198thLargest Governments: 4,508thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,287thNudest: 6,026thMost Politically Free: 6,200thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 8,722ndHighest Economic Output: 9,108thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,740thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,967thLowest Crime Rates: 12,199thMost Extreme: 12,376th
Highest Drug Use: 7th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 28th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 35th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 37th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 44th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 55th in the regionMost Politically Free: 63rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 68th in the regionNicest Citizens: 70th in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 74th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 84th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 85th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 85th in the regionBest Weather: 86th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 86th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 95th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 99th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 103rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 103rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 108th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 119th in the regionMost Pacifist: 122nd in the regionMost Developed: 130th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 148th in the regionMost Devout: 157th in the regionNudest: 173rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 175th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 175th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 190th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 199th in the regionLargest Governments: 215th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 225th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 275th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 428th in the regionLargest Populations: 463rd in the regionMost Extreme: 466th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 537th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 553rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 611th in the regionMost Influential: 724th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 123 » Alunya, Shibutani, Shin-Hachioji, Sinelona, Sea Ghost, The Rhein States, Yaorozu, Omnistria, Territorio di Nessuno, El Fiji Grande, Black Templares, Verderiesdre, Great Bights Mum, Buckerino, Sundred, Corfad, Sunto, Niradans, Egalico, Kwaj, Shadowrik, Koda-Land, North Bratislava, Sheldanada, Dreadton, Dar es Saalam, Kasazzastan, Notyoutopia, Holy Oranz, Pallaith, Ibiscaton, Siwale, Saturns Edge, Novare Res, Q w e r t y, Guslantis, Maott, Ninjak30, Napnomadia, Acrabinnia, Frances Francis the First of France, Newpromisedland, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Wineclaw, New Bremerton, Sil Dorsett, Solmetria, Federation Terra Australis, Steampunk Ariel, Zemnaya Svoboda, and 73 others.Ethnon, PlanetPunk, Jasminlandia, Plangainer, Guer Aike, New Pruessen, Spartoptia, United Draconia, Selfgradatude, Pasargad, Steraz, Trillius, Joodey, Torakuen, The United States of Romania, Tsardom of Leonlandia, General COE, Unimaginable Doom, Unsophisticate, Ejhsa, Victoriaans Nederlands, Lomjia, Nakayo, 1 very fast endotarter, Bananoonza, Ikea Rike, Free Azzaca, Moubarakistan, Aratani, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Loutsland, Noahs Second Country, Former English Colony, Rynion, Test for a new hope, Alpinea, GRANDE IMPERIO ORIENTAL PAGAO EUDUARDO, Wilkshire, Elder Realms, Haor Chall, Xentherida, Constantinolia, Loli County, Astrind, Kobagia, Zumlandia, Xzavia-Hjar, Glurponia, Orado, Bearical, Valhalla123, Penrith, Vincone Cae, Utopicican, Daiz, Runeda, Princely Irbis, Juggernautilus, The Tampa Bay Rays, Amauri, Sockmanland, Makersaulache, Duerrlewang, Grimandia, Cuyan, Some Random TNP Nation, Quebekistand, New Octicarg, McMasterdonia, Frie Annium, Orven, The Stratosphere Islands, and The Notorious Mad Jack.

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