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The Universal Union of Urimel

“If wishes were fishes, we'd all cast nets.” the Blue Duke

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The East Pacific

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Urimel

Population15.049 billion

CapitalUr
Leaderthe Blue Duke

CurrencyTalent
AnimalUrimelian Lion

The Universal Union of Urimel is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by the Blue Duke with a fair hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, smutty television, and pith helmet sales. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 15.049 billion Urim 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 relatively small, liberal, outspoken government is primarily concerned with Education, although Environment, Healthcare, and Public Transport are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ur. The average income tax rate is 25.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Urimelian economy, worth a remarkable 2,939 trillion Talents a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 195,349 Talents, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Teenage male videogamers often suffer repetitive strain wrist injuries, 'The Anti-Government Hour' is a popular programme on many of Urimel's radio stations, space research funding has hit a recent high while several military bases are being closed down, and students abandon classrooms for online education. Crime is totally unknown. Urimel's national animal is the Urimelian Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Urimel is ranked 206,644th in the world and 8,132nd in The East Pacific for Most Avoided, scoring 0.25 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 207thLargest Publishing Industry: 511thMost Cheerful Citizens: 654thNicest Citizens: 742ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 899thBest Weather: 964thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,147thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,436thMost Pacifist: 1,456thMost Cultured: 1,514thSafest: 1,645thSmartest Citizens: 1,964thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,049thTop
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Most Influential: 2,154thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,162ndMost Developed: 2,289thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,314thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,430thHealthiest Citizens: 2,679thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,958thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,101stMost Inclusive: 3,338thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,543rdMost Stationary: 3,647thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,648thHighest Economic Output: 4,365thHighest Average Incomes: 6,658thMost Efficient Economies: 8,571stMost Advanced Public Education: 8,836thNudest: 10,215thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,410thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,983rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 12,394thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,945thLowest Crime Rates: 13,407thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,556thLargest Populations: 13,612thMost Devout: 16,705thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,708thMost Politically Free: 16,887th
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Least Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 15th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 16th in the regionNicest Citizens: 21st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 26th in the regionBest Weather: 31st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 36th in the regionMost Cultured: 37th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 44th in the regionSafest: 49th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 50th in the regionMost Pacifist: 50th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 54th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 59th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 64th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 67th in the regionMost Developed: 70th in the regionMost Stationary: 72nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 73rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 79th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 81st in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 95th in the regionMost Inclusive: 113th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 116th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 117th in the regionMost Influential: 119th in the regionLargest Populations: 120th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 147th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 219th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 249th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 251st in the regionNudest: 275th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 293rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 294th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 392nd in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 437th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 461st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 529th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 570th in the regionMost Devout: 587th in the regionLargest Governments: 594th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 670th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 761st in the region

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