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Ironica Butterfly

Population11.301 billion

LeaderForbes Wyoming


The Incorporated States of Ironica Butterfly is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Forbes Wyoming with an even hand, and notable for its national health service, smutty television, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, devout population of 11.301 billion Ironica Butterflyians 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Education, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 69.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Ironica Butterflyian economy, worth 657 trillion aurelias a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 58,143 aurelias, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is mandatory to learn evolution in schools, the government has cut taxes in the face of widespread tax evasion, citizens are allowed to rise or fall based on their own merits, and one tree's worth of paperwork accompanies each imported log of timber. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ironica Butterfly's national animal is the butterfly, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Ironica Butterfly is ranked 181,712th in the world and 866th in 10000 Islands for Largest Retail Industry, scoring -2.37 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 14,036thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,427thMost Developed: 17,748thMost Cultured: 20,114thSmartest Citizens: 20,526thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21,314thMost Pacifist: 21,613th
Best Weather: 47th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 66th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 68th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 71st in the regionMost Influential: 83rd in the regionMost Stationary: 89th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 94th in the regionMost Inclusive: 111th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 124th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 132nd in the region

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