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Most Valuable International Artwork: 133rdRudest Citizens: 1,503rdHighest Poor Incomes: 1,685th
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The Oblong Collective

Population4.725 billion

CapitalPlonk-Ploon
LeaderPremier Fup Fritzkizen
FaithThe Church of Monty Python

CurrencyOblong Credit
AnimalSpace Manatee

The Interstellar Republic of The Oblong Collective is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Premier Fup Fritzkizen with a fair hand, and renowned for its public floggings, national health service, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.725 billion Oblongis hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Plonk-Ploon. The average income tax rate is 95.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Oblong economy, worth a remarkable 1,093 trillion Oblong Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 231,529 Oblong Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The slowest students feel vaguely targeted by their Mendelian Inheritance coursework, agriculture is heavily subsidized by the government, it's all quiet on the western front, and government ministers sport new billboards that read 'Will Trade Votes for Private Members' Bill Support'. Crime is totally unknown. The Oblong Collective's national animal is the Space Manatee, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is The Church of Monty Python.

The Oblong Collective is ranked 19,943rd in the world and 4th in Weyard for Most Influential, scoring 1,539 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 133rdRudest Citizens: 1,503rdHighest Poor Incomes: 1,685thMost Inclusive: 1,759thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,784thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,806thMost Efficient Economies: 2,455thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,049thLargest Governments: 3,343rdMost Developed: 3,484thSmartest Citizens: 3,516thHighest Average Incomes: 4,097thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,442ndMost Cultured: 5,027thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,415thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,574thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,972ndLongest Average Lifespans: 6,509thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,856thSafest: 8,254thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,281stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,684thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,705thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,875thTop
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Nudest: 8,925thMost Rebellious Youth: 9,312thHealthiest Citizens: 9,499thNicest Citizens: 9,531stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,549thLowest Crime Rates: 9,588thLargest Retail Industry: 10,744thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,426thHighest Drug Use: 12,051stLargest Welfare Programs: 12,522ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,695thLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,580thHighest Economic Output: 14,368thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,985thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,679th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Oblong Collective was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in The Oblong Collective, government ministers sport new billboards that read 'Will Trade Votes for Private Members' Bill Support'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Oblong Collective, it's all quiet on the western front.
  • : Following new legislation in The Oblong Collective, agriculture is heavily subsidized by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in The Oblong Collective, the slowest students feel vaguely targeted by their Mendelian Inheritance coursework.
  • : Following new legislation in The Oblong Collective, dubiously qualified East Lebatuckese doctors prescribe ice baths as a treatment for pneumonia.
  • : Following new legislation in The Oblong Collective, children are raised bilingual from an early age.
  • : Following new legislation in The Oblong Collective, the TOCBI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays.
  • : Following new legislation in The Oblong Collective, trails to natural wonders are littered with trash from reality film crews.
  • : Following new legislation in The Oblong Collective, a recent political speech drew the ire of nerds everywhere after the speaker claimed that Darth Vader was Harry Potter's father.

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