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Most Secular: 716thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 740thMost Pacifist: 1,186th
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Socialist Platypus

Population1.769 billion

LeaderRobert Plater


The Puddle of Socialist Platypus is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Robert Plater with an even hand, and remarkable for its ban on automobiles, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 1.769 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 228 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.

Libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars, women who walk into the ladies' changing room are accused of being Peeping Toms, families are left homeless as entire suburbs are bulldozed on the whim of tribal chiefs, and onions have been banned due to their tendency to cause eye irritation. 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 7,685th in the world and 8th in Conch Kingdom for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 3,731.57 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

Most Secular: 716thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 740thMost Pacifist: 1,186thSafest: 1,630thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,784thMost Influential: 1,845thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,960thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,167thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,173rdLargest Welfare Programs: 2,219thBest Weather: 2,227thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,257thNicest Citizens: 2,302ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,310thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,485thHealthiest Citizens: 2,684thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,697thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,834thMost Inclusive: 2,862ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,379thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,466thMost Developed: 3,993rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,759thLargest Governments: 5,093rdLowest Crime Rates: 5,235thSmartest Citizens: 6,764thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,685thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,722ndMost Cultured: 7,813thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,887thTop
Most Income Equality: 12,792ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,288thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,606thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,089thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,876thMost Efficient Economies: 18,370thHighest Average Incomes: 20,031stMost Cheerful Citizens: 22,573rd
Most Secular: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Cultured: 17th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 18th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23rd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 24th in the regionMost Income Equality: 25th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 41st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 44th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 45th in the region

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