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Urimel

Population13.234 billion

CapitalUr
Leaderthe Blue Duke

CurrencyTalent
AnimalUrimelian Lion

The Universal Union of Urimel is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by the Blue Duke with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, rampant corporate plagiarism, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 13.234 billion Urim hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, liberal, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Healthcare, and Public Transport are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ur. The average income tax rate is 15.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Urimelian economy, worth a remarkable 2,616 trillion Talents a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 197,736 Talents, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Teenage male videogamers often suffer repetitive strain wrist injuries, 'The Anti-Government Hour' is a popular programme on many of Urimel's radio stations, space research funding has hit a recent high while several military bases are being closed down, and students abandon classrooms for online education. Crime is totally unknown. Urimel's national animal is the Urimelian Lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Urimel is ranked 1,879th in the world and 50th in The East Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 97 on the Human Development Index.

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Least Corrupt Governments: 201stLargest Publishing Industry: 505thMost Cheerful Citizens: 620thNicest Citizens: 682ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 797thBest Weather: 990thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,190thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,285thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,298thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,448thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,482ndMost Cultured: 1,514thTop
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Safest: 1,706thMost Pacifist: 1,878thMost Developed: 1,879thSmartest Citizens: 1,914thMost Influential: 1,957thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,159thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,165thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,377thHealthiest Citizens: 2,675thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,852ndMost Efficient Economies: 2,984thMost Inclusive: 2,984thMost Stationary: 3,934thHighest Economic Output: 4,228thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,009thHighest Average Incomes: 5,918thNudest: 7,550thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 8,931stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,820thMost Politically Free: 9,995thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,010thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 10,596thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,629thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,688thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 12,554thMost Devout: 13,975thLargest Populations: 14,028thLowest Crime Rates: 14,298thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,003rd
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Least Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionNicest Citizens: 16th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 16th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 17th in the regionBest Weather: 28th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 29th in the regionMost Cultured: 31st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 34th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 35th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 36th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 36th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 39th in the regionSafest: 44th in the regionMost Developed: 50th in the regionMost Pacifist: 50th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 51st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 54th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 55th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 63rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 67th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 70th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 80th in the regionMost Inclusive: 95th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 116th in the regionMost Influential: 121st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 126th in the regionLargest Populations: 128th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 142nd in the regionNudest: 155th in the regionMost Politically Free: 156th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 193rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 233rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 282nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 292nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 334th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 376th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 387th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 437th in the regionMost Devout: 483rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 511th in the regionLargest Governments: 532nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 647th in the region

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