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The United Kingdom of The Dakota Islands

“Donít follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.” Prime Minister Elizabeth and King Ryan I

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

Regional Influence: Contender

Location: The Swedish Kingdom

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The Dakota Islands

Population1.644 billion

CapitalNew Hillsborough City
LeaderPrime Minister Elizabeth and King Ryan I

CurrencyFranc
AnimalEagle

The United Kingdom of The Dakota Islands is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Prime Minister Elizabeth and King Ryan I with an even hand, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, ubiquitous missile silos, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 1.644 billion Islanders 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.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Hillsborough City. The average income tax rate is 49.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Dakotaian economy, worth 216 trillion Francs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 131,903 Francs, with the richest citizens earning 5.0 times as much as the poorest.

Even the nation's brussel sprouts are delicious and nutritious, the dessert 'Death by Chocolate' isn't the most lethal dish on the menu, East Lebatuckese astronauts' favorite game during downtime on the Multinational Space Station is 'I Spy', and colonists who were promised new lands find only war-torn devastation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Dakota Islands's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

The Dakota Islands is ranked 16,933rd in the world and 2nd in The Swedish Kingdom for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 273.58 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Healthiest Citizens: 7,249thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,972ndLargest Retail Industry: 11,051stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,692ndLargest Publishing Industry: 12,826thLowest Crime Rates: 12,832ndSafest: 12,932ndMost Developed: 13,081stMost Secular: 13,672ndSmartest Citizens: 15,100thBest Weather: 15,625thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,690thMost Inclusive: 15,806thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,900thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,417thHighest Disposable Incomes: 16,469th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the region

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