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Most Inclusive: 247thLargest Information Technology Sector: 284thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 300th
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Cowfordia

Population6.059 billion

CapitalHippopottsburgh
LeaderHead Honcho Pro Tempore

Currencykilopound
Animalhippopotamus

The Most Serene Republic of Cowfordia is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Head Honcho Pro Tempore with a fair hand, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, soft-spoken computers, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 6.059 billion Buckaroos hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hippopottsburgh. The average income tax rate is 29.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cowfordian economy, worth a remarkable 1,495 trillion kilopounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 246,832 kilopounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Therapists dispense hugs for heroin dealers and cuddles for crackheads, the government's giant servers are often used as a tourist trap, internet searches for the inventor of the three-wheeled steam-powered Cowfordian weed picker are way up, and the government is making attempts at curtailing the flood of spam emails with little progress. Crime, especially youth-related, is moderate, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Cowfordia's national animal is the hippopotamus, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Cowfordia is ranked 206,559th in the world and 7,610th in the South Pacific for Most Primitive, scoring -854.8 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Most Inclusive: 247thLargest Information Technology Sector: 284thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 300thLeast Corrupt Governments: 319thMost Compassionate Citizens: 493rdNicest Citizens: 534thRudest Citizens: 592ndMost Secular: 905thSmartest Citizens: 990thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,045thMost Cultured: 1,062ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,226thSafest: 1,235thMost Pacifist: 1,543rdMost Rebellious Youth: 1,600thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,620thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,628thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,228thMost Developed: 2,360thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,454thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,750thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,907thHighest Average Incomes: 3,495thHealthiest Citizens: 5,152ndLargest Retail Industry: 7,139thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,379thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 10,709thMost Efficient Economies: 11,709thLargest Governments: 13,301stMost Stationary: 16,620thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,057thLargest Welfare Programs: 18,906thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18,919thMost Influential: 19,046thNudest: 20,578th
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Most Inclusive: 8th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 16th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 17th in the regionNicest Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Cultured: 30th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 32nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 33rd in the regionMost Secular: 36th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 40th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 40th in the regionSafest: 43rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 48th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 51st in the regionMost Pacifist: 51st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 52nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 74th in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 84th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 90th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 94th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 95th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 171st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 196th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 215th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 231st in the regionMost Stationary: 300th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 341st in the regionLargest Governments: 357th in the regionTop
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Nudest: 383rd in the regionLargest Populations: 451st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 529th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 563rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 569th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 650th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 716th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, the government is making attempts at curtailing the flood of spam emails with little progress.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, internet searches for the inventor of the three-wheeled steam-powered Cowfordian weed picker are way up.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, the government's giant servers are often used as a tourist trap.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, therapists dispense hugs for heroin dealers and cuddles for crackheads.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, the sound of office water cooler chatter has been replaced by the whirring of computer cooling fans.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, the installation of street lights across remote goat tracks has left citizens bemused.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, political detractors refer to Head Honcho Pro Tempore as 'that Bigtopian puppet'.
  • : Cowfordia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, Cowfordia has one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world.

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