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The Universal Union of Urimel

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

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The East Pacific



Population13.101 billion

Leaderthe Blue Duke

AnimalUrimelian Lion

The Universal Union of Urimel is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by the Blue Duke with a fair hand, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, anti-smoking policies, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 13.101 billion Urim hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, liberal, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Healthcare, and Public Transport are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ur. The average income tax rate is 16.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Urimelian economy, worth a remarkable 2,591 trillion Talents a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 197,815 Talents, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

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 1,972nd in the world and 118th in The East Pacific for Most Influential, scoring 40,251 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Least Corrupt Governments: 200thLargest Publishing Industry: 508thMost Cheerful Citizens: 618thNicest Citizens: 673rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 790thBest Weather: 981stMost Beautiful Environments: 1,180thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,268thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,315thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,441stMost Cultured: 1,501stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,530thTop
Safest: 1,738thMost Developed: 1,871stMost Pacifist: 1,886thSmartest Citizens: 1,899thMost Influential: 1,972ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,122ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,173rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,391stHealthiest Citizens: 2,663rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,804thMost Inclusive: 2,944thMost Efficient Economies: 2,977thMost Stationary: 3,950thHighest Economic Output: 4,254thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,999thHighest Average Incomes: 5,843rdNudest: 7,333rdTop
Most Politically Free: 8,790thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,976thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,489thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,580thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 9,995thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,573rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,678thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 11,268thMost Devout: 13,736thLowest Crime Rates: 14,113thLargest Populations: 14,125th
Least Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 11th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 16th in the regionNicest Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 18th in the regionBest Weather: 28th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 30th in the regionMost Cultured: 31st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 34th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 35th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 36th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 39th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 39th in the regionSafest: 42nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 51st in the regionMost Pacifist: 51st in the regionMost Developed: 51st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 54th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 55th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 63rd in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 67th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 67th in the regionMost Stationary: 82nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 93rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 113th in the regionMost Influential: 118th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 123rd in the regionLargest Populations: 127th in the regionMost Politically Free: 128th in the regionNudest: 136th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 137th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 185th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 230th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 272nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 292nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 325th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 329th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 362nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 401st in the regionMost Devout: 452nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 470th in the regionLargest Governments: 512th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 528th in the region

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