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Most Pacifist: 9,271stSafest: 12,270thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,856th
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The Isles of Heather

Population9.225 billion

LeaderPrincess Heather Heatherton
FaithSpiritual Beliefs

CurrencyButterfly Wing

The Happy Lands of The Isles of Heather is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Princess Heather Heatherton with a fair hand, and remarkable for its lack of airports, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 9.225 billion Heatherese are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Heatherton. The average income tax rate is 54.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped Heatherese economy, worth 321 trillion Butterfly Wings a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 34,798 Butterfly Wings, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Election ballot papers are so long that unused ones are recycled as toilet roll, The Isles of Heather has designated Heatherton as its capital city, Princess Heather Heatherton has just been declared ruler of The Isles of Heather in an international press conference, and Spiritual Beliefs has been named as The Isles of Heather's national religion. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Isles of Heather's national animal is the Butterfly, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Spiritual Beliefs.

The Isles of Heather is ranked 246,316th in the world and 51st in Hippy Haven for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring zero on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

Most Pacifist: 9,271stSafest: 12,270thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 14,856thBest Weather: 16,354thMost Cheerful Citizens: 16,519thNicest Citizens: 17,800thMost Compassionate Citizens: 18,898thMost Beautiful Environments: 20,295thMost Income Equality: 24,065th

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