by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,870thMost Influential: 4,897thMost Pacifist: 7,901st
The Austral Integrated Islands of
Liberal Democratic Socialists Ivory Tower Reality Disconnect Zone
INFP/INTJ Paradise
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Population3.235 billion

LeaderTina Lima Umei

CurrencyGolden-Star Orbs
AnimalGlowing-long-tailed tit

The Austral Integrated Islands of Ithersta is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Tina Lima Umei with a fair hand, and renowned for its lack of airports, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.235 billion Itherstans love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Serol. The average income tax rate is 72.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Itherstan economy, worth 118 trillion Golden-Star Orbs a year, is highly specialized and led by the Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 36,555 Golden-Star Orbs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Tina Lima Umei has been known to make speeches in fishing waders, citizens brought into court for parking violations are never heard from again, there's no such thing as bad publicity, and Jack Russells have proven to be terrible spies. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ithersta's national animal is the Glowing-long-tailed tit, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is None.

Ithersta is ranked 74,829th in the world and 85th in Forest for Most Primitive, scoring 42.01 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,870thMost Influential: 4,897thMost Pacifist: 7,901stBest Weather: 10,683rdNicest Citizens: 12,311thMost Compassionate Citizens: 12,658thMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,472ndSafest: 14,321stTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,912thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,552ndMost Beautiful Environments: 17,776thMost Valuable International Artwork: 20,549thMost Inclusive: 25,132ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 25,919thMost Advanced Public Transport: 26,494thHighest Average Tax Rates: 26,612thLongest Average Lifespans: 27,770thHealthiest Citizens: 29,892nd

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