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The Blaatschapen

Population37.855 billion

CapitalDas Kapital Cities
LeaderThe Glorious Shepherd

Animalbo peep

The Stuffed leg of lamb with rosemary and pine nuts of The Blaatschapen is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by The Glorious Shepherd with a fair hand, and notable for its parental licensing program, frequent executions, and complete absence of social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 37.855 billion Blaatschapenians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, outspoken government is dominated by the Department of Education, although Social Policy is also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Das Kapital Cities. Income tax is unheard of.

The enormous but underdeveloped Blaatschapenian economy, worth a remarkable 6,126 trillion Keiters a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 161,829 Keiters, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 541,320 per year while the poor average 35,962, a ratio of 15.1 to 1.

The government decides its policies by observing the flight of birds, Das Kapital Cities's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight, breast milk lattes are the newest fad among hip urbanites, and prudishness is on the way out. Crime is totally unknown. The Blaatschapen's national animal is the bo peep, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is atheism.

The Blaatschapen is ranked 61,703rd in the world and 3rd in Snazzy for Most Extreme, scoring 24.28 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 93rdLargest Populations: 107thSmartest Citizens: 472ndMost Pacifist: 834thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 892ndNicest Citizens: 1,119thHighest Economic Output: 1,201stLargest Publishing Industry: 1,549thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,556thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,663rdLargest Gambling Industry: 2,068thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,660thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,756thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,070thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,725thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,456thMost Avoided: 4,560thMost Cultured: 6,068thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,149thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,151stLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,529thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,088thLowest Crime Rates: 7,209thLargest Governments: 7,311thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,475thLargest Mining Sector: 8,034thLargest Retail Industry: 9,024thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 11,087thMost Inclusive: 11,224thMost Secular: 12,468thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,719thMost Influential: 15,128thNudest: 19,188thHealthiest Citizens: 19,546thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 20,216thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 20,534th
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the region

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