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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 785th Most Influential: 2,260th Least Corrupt Governments: 7,773rd
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The Stratosphere Islands

Population654 million

CapitalDel Faisán

CurrencyStratosphere Dollar
AnimalGolden Pheasant

The Democratic Republic of The Stratosphere Islands is a huge, efficient nation, notable for its museums and concert halls, public floggings, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 654 million Stratosphereans enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Del Faisán. The average income tax rate is 62.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Stratosphere Islandsian economy, worth 61.4 trillion Stratosphere Dollars a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 93,865 Stratosphere Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens know never to accept cookies from strangers, trails to natural wonders are littered with trash from reality film crews, kids are taught in schools to argue with their parents, and park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Stratosphere Islands's national animal is the Golden Pheasant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Stratosphere Islands is ranked 16,109th in the world and 803rd in The North Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 53.38 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 785thTop
Most Influential: 2,260thLeast Corrupt Governments: 7,773rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,332ndSafest: 8,407thNicest Citizens: 8,541stTop
Most Inclusive: 8,735thMost Pacifist: 9,491stLargest Welfare Programs: 13,191stLargest Publishing Industry: 15,327thMost Cheerful Citizens: 16,109th
Least Corrupt Governments: 423rd in the regionSafest: 447th in the regionTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 480th in the regionNicest Citizens: 492nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 520th in the regionMost Pacifist: 521st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 573rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 582nd in the regionMost Influential: 785th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 795th in the regionMost Politically Free: 795th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 803rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 845th in the regionMost Secular: 904th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 917th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 179 » Alunya, Pallaith, Shin-Hachioji, The Rhein States, Kasazzastan, Territorio di Nessuno, Steraz, Great Bights Mum, Federation Terra Australis, Malta Comino Gozo, Uganda Knuckles UK, Napnomadia, Shadowrik, Ostrinios, Bearical, Bayern-Straubing, Vincone Cae, Ainsworth, El Fiji Grande, Koda-Land, Notyoutopia, United Draconia, Yaorozu, Shibutani, Sundred, Lunallian, Sil Dorsett, Sinelona, Pasargad, Wineclaw, Newpromisedland, Omnistria, Corfad, Holy Oranz, New Pruessen, Suicidistan, Unsophisticate, Acrabinnia, PlanetPunk, Guer Aike, Spartoptia, Dreadton, Sunto, Dar es Saalam, THX1138, Black Templares, North Bratislava, Municipality of Baria and Vungtau, Ofemerica, Votak Matim, and 129 others.Ninjak30, Tappan Hills, Q w e r t y, New Bremerton, Ozstan, Cloydicia, Egalico, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Siwale, Solmetria, Kwaj, Selfgradatude, Buckerino, Maott, Joodey, Frances Francis the First of France, General COE, The Chelles, Ethnon, Sheldanada, Guslantis, The United States of Romania, Niradans, Ara Antrizuls, Aetulia, Agharya, Sanjurika, Abiswashyo-bhumi, Aeolist, SORT, Beautifil Russia of The Future, SchoolHouse Rock, Torakuen, The Notorious Mad Jack, Novare Res, Ibiscaton, Racoda, Viridiann, The Iron Lions, Saturns Edge, SillyString, Peldorn, VarDrade, Steampunk Ariel, Zemnaya Svoboda, Zokk, Walter Jackson, Jasminlandia, Tianqing, Plangainer, Democratic Peoples Republic of the US, Beta Centauri B3, Bidragistan, Arimbia, Aweland, Breduria, Alice Gardens, Angwayster, Bonjoura, ABC, Axstahl, Marijuana Haven, Biebertal, Analomink, Babacar, Amerian States, Blackphir, Aroa, Asgardira, Brettenia, BrightFutures, Azzarel, Arzenoa, Cailocana, Calamazo, Intrapolia, Beladev, Avemterra, Orven, Buschgardensburg, Anna Airters, Ausnakulia, Sea Ghost, Arquan, Kirostan, Altivia, Trillius, Bojacks and Jills, Tsardom of Leonlandia, Unimaginable Doom, National Goats, Ejhsa, Liberum Mundi, Seidr Wyrd, Victoriaans Nederlands, Apetopia, Haor Chall, Thiammyalllaland, 1 very fast endotarter, Lomjia, Kseckland, Ikea Rike, Free Azzaca, Moubarakistan, Vikingiarchy, Aratani, British Pacific Islands, Loutsland, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Minuda, Loli County, Warsaw-Halicz, Wooleystan, Noahs Second Country, Valhalla123, Former English Colony, Osiris-Rex, Test for a new hope, Longsword01, Amauri, Aeviternus, Ariwana, Humptalumpta, Aldros, Castle Federation, Alpinea, The Black Cathedral, Antityranicals, and AltanUrag.

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