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The Red Tape Singularity of Yegla Islands

“Here we go again.”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Cape of Good Hope


Yegla Islands

Population10.117 billion

LeaderDmitri Rasputin

AnimalVampire Squid

The Red Tape Singularity of Yegla Islands is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Dmitri Rasputin with an even hand, and remarkable for its frequent executions, free-roaming dinosaurs, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cheerful population of 10.117 billion Yeglans enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous, corrupt, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Chernograd. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Yeglan economy, worth a remarkable 2,532 trillion Yegels 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 Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 250,354 Yegels, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

People are raising their middle finger to non-digital currencies, the government is well known for declaring war on other countries for suspected slights, the "Dreadnowt" is the pride and joy of the Yeglan Navy, and lion-reed-vulture-hand-reed-mouth is how Dmitri Rasputin is spelt now. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Yegla Islands's national animal is the Vampire Squid, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Yegla Islands is ranked 1,841st in the world and 3rd in Cape of Good Hope for Most Developed, scoring 97.86 on the Human Development Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 705thHighest Average Tax Rates: 739thMost Inclusive: 839thLargest Governments: 866thHighest Food Quality: 1,088thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,197thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,252ndMost Beautiful Environments: 1,265thSmartest Citizens: 1,308thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,325thMost Secular: 1,343rdMost Cultured: 1,377thMost Efficient Economies: 1,501stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,594thLowest Crime Rates: 1,638thMost Developed: 1,841stMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,938thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,048thMost Patriotic: 2,126thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,182ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,227thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,402ndMost Subsidized Industry: 2,606thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,660thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,673rdRudest Citizens: 2,840thHighest Average Incomes: 3,555thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,294thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,313thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,454thHealthiest Citizens: 5,155thNicest Citizens: 5,322ndSafest: 5,532ndBest Weather: 5,805thHighest Economic Output: 6,317thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,898thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,227thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,497thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 12,012thMost Influential: 12,584thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,670thMost Income Equality: 18,547thMost Corrupt Governments: 19,754thMost Stationary: 21,237th
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Food Quality: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 6th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 7th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11th in the regionBest Weather: 11th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 13th in the regionSafest: 15th in the regionMost Stationary: 15th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 18th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 23rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 24th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 24th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 25th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Yegla Islands, lion-reed-vulture-hand-reed-mouth is how Dmitri Rasputin is spelt now.
  • : Following new legislation in Yegla Islands, the "Dreadnowt" is the pride and joy of the Yeglan Navy.
  • : Following new legislation in Yegla Islands, the government is well known for declaring war on other countries for suspected slights.
  • : Following new legislation in Yegla Islands, people are raising their middle finger to non-digital currencies.
  • : Following new legislation in Yegla Islands, gift baskets often contain working nukes.
  • : Yegla Islands was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Food Quality and Most Patriotic.
  • : Following new legislation in Yegla Islands, public footpaths are being slowly eroded by the burgeoning number of ramblers.
  • : Following new legislation in Yegla Islands, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss.
  • : Following new legislation in Yegla Islands, too many developers spoil the codebase.
  • : Following new legislation in Yegla Islands, a degree of self-hatred is vital for a future in politics.


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