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Most Secular: 715thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 735thMost Pacifist: 1,182nd
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Socialist Platypus

Population1.75 billion

LeaderRobert Plater


The Puddle of Socialist Platypus is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Robert Plater with an even hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, hatred of cheese, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 1.75 billion Platypusians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Typus. The average income tax rate is 97.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Socialist Platypusian economy, worth 225 trillion Rovas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 128,972 Rovas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Every week is blindness awareness week, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars, women who walk into the ladies' changing room are accused of being Peeping Toms, and families are left homeless as entire suburbs are bulldozed on the whim of tribal chiefs. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Socialist Platypus's national animal is the Platypus, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Pastafarism.

Socialist Platypus is ranked 195,970th in the world and 257th in Conch Kingdom for Largest Black Market, with 24.1 billion Standard Monetary Units.

Most Secular: 715thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 735thMost Pacifist: 1,182ndSafest: 1,630thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,792ndMost Influential: 1,859thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,956thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,139thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,163rdLargest Welfare Programs: 2,219thBest Weather: 2,243rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,260thNicest Citizens: 2,299thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,301stTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,484thHealthiest Citizens: 2,709thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,714thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,821stMost Inclusive: 2,860thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,376thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,467thMost Developed: 3,998thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,903rdLargest Governments: 5,080thLowest Crime Rates: 5,230thSmartest Citizens: 6,763rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,698thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,744thMost Cultured: 7,804thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,963rdTop
Most Income Equality: 12,866thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,331stLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,617thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,078thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,867thMost Efficient Economies: 18,420thHighest Average Incomes: 20,049thMost Cheerful Citizens: 22,585th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Cultured: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 18th in the regionMost Income Equality: 21st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 22nd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 24th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 41st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 43rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 44th in the region

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