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Largest Agricultural Sector: 442ndLargest Publishing Industry: 553rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 616th
The Prostration of
Corrupt Dictatorship Well-Meaning Dictatorship
A King of Shreds and Patches
WA Delegate
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population3.663 billion

CapitalBlack Pagoda
LeaderMournful Caliph
FaithCult of Pestilent Despair

Currencyblack doubloon
AnimalBlack Panther

The Prostration of Panther is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Mournful Caliph with an iron fist, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, anti-smoking policies, and digital currency. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 3.663 billion Panthers are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The medium-sized, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Black Pagoda. The average income tax rate is 98.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Pantherine economy, worth a remarkable 1,025 trillion black doubloons a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 279,964 black doubloons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The law says it's okay to sell a bomb to a terrorist so long as they promise not to detonate it, elevator music has been replaced by thrash metal played at maximum volume, consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed, and books are so highly regarded in Panther that libraries are often revered as holy shrines. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Panther's national animal is the Black Panther, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Cult of Pestilent Despair.

Panther is ranked 205,790th in the world and 194th in South Pacific for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -26.72 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 442ndLargest Publishing Industry: 553rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 616thMost Developed: 669thMost Cultured: 715thMost Efficient Economies: 748thLongest Average Lifespans: 777thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 800thHighest Poor Incomes: 861stLowest Crime Rates: 911thHealthiest Citizens: 919thSmartest Citizens: 923rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 987thNicest Citizens: 1,035thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,119thLargest Governments: 1,176thBest Weather: 1,334thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,389thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,549thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,627thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,751stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,967thTop
Most Inclusive: 2,196thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,339thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,340thHighest Average Incomes: 2,412thMost Devout: 2,660thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,916thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,457thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,885thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,039thSafest: 4,554thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,255thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,868thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,055thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,109thMost Influential: 10,143rdTop
Most Pacifist: 11,195thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,240thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,084thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,204thHighest Economic Output: 16,493rd
Healthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionMost Pacifist: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionNudest: 16th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the region

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