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The Parandeam

Population11.349 billion



The Island of The Parandeam is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by President with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 11.349 billion Parandeans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hyacinthia. The average income tax rate is 79.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Parandean economy, worth 846 trillion Aces a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 74,599 Aces, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Jury selection begins with explaining what a jury is, people can't decide between preserving forests and buying print copies of 'Dogman Versus The Giggler', newspapers are running a front-page picture of President holding a crowbar and standing over a bloodied stockbroker, and police aim to defeat hatred with love with their "hugs-for-thugs" program. Crime is totally unknown. The Parandeam's national animal is the Moose, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Parandeam is ranked 13,228th in the world and 260th in 10000 Islands for Smartest Citizens, with 79.27 quips per hour.

Most Influential: 432ndTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,763rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,881stBest Weather: 4,237thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,273rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,762ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,804thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,883rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,266thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,597thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,082ndNicest Citizens: 8,118thHighest Food Quality: 8,919thMost Inclusive: 8,946thMost Cultured: 9,441stMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,779thMost Pacifist: 10,503rdMost Stationary: 10,663rdNudest: 11,060thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,313thTop
Smartest Citizens: 13,228thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,186thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,202ndLargest Publishing Industry: 16,269thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,387thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,414thMost Secular: 20,187thMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,524thHealthiest Citizens: 21,773rdLargest Governments: 25,249th
Most Influential: 59th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 82nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 84th in the regionMost Stationary: 84th in the regionNudest: 86th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 86th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 94th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 101st in the regionBest Weather: 104th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 109th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 111th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 112th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 133rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 138th in the region

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