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Ironica Butterfly

Population6.711 billion

LeaderForbes Wyoming


The Incorporated States of Ironica Butterfly is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Forbes Wyoming with an even hand, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cheerful population of 6.711 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 Education, Healthcare, and Environment. The average income tax rate is 71.9%.

The all-consuming Ironica Butterflyian economy, worth 428 trillion aurelias a year, is extremely specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 63,882 aurelias, with the richest citizens earning 5.1 times as much as the poorest.

Lawyers turn down litigation cases and corporate work in order to focus on lucrative public defence work, one year's corporation tax from three international megacorporations has funded one dozen shiny black pencils for Forbes Wyoming's office, proper policy proposals prerequire professional peer-reviewed papers, and arbitrary election rules are considered sacrosanct. 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 170,374th in the world and 1,862nd in 10000 Islands for Most Extreme, scoring 9.28 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most Influential: 1,785thTop
Best Weather: 2,664thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,755thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,852ndSafest: 4,147thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,445thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,508thMost Inclusive: 5,214thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,503rdMost Beautiful Environments: 6,028thNicest Citizens: 6,581stHealthiest Citizens: 7,310thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,438thMost Pacifist: 7,675thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,254thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,619thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,819thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,447thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 10,530thMost Stationary: 14,651st
Least Corrupt Governments: 51st in the regionBest Weather: 52nd in the regionSafest: 72nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 74th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 79th in the regionMost Inclusive: 90th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 92nd in the regionMost Influential: 95th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 120th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 125th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 127th in the regionNicest Citizens: 129th in the regionMost Stationary: 129th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 143rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 149th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 151st in the regionMost Pacifist: 156th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 160th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 163rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 210th in the region

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