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The Pkunk Alliance

Population10.725 billion

CapitalThe Great Nest
LeaderWhoever's sitting on The Golden Perch

CurrencyGood Vibe

The Commonwealth of The Pkunk Alliance is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Whoever's sitting on The Golden Perch with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 10.725 billion Pkunks hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Great Nest. The average income tax rate is 95.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Pkunkish economy, worth a remarkable 1,655 trillion Good Vibes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 154,363 Good Vibes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

All mothers are allowed six months fully-paid maternity leave, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper, and the subway is dead quiet in early afternoons. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Pkunk Alliance's national animal is the Pootworm, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Pkunk Alliance is ranked 45,034th in the world and 2,034th in The North Pacific for Most Extreme, scoring 27.83 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,989thTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,081stMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,314thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,442ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,285thMost Inclusive: 4,294thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,720thMost Influential: 4,924thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,994thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,102ndMost Subsidized Industry: 5,172ndRudest Citizens: 5,180thMost Cultured: 5,232ndLargest Welfare Programs: 5,232ndLargest Governments: 5,442ndHighest Poor Incomes: 5,828thMost Developed: 5,991stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,152ndMost Beautiful Environments: 6,245thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,763rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,939thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,001stMost Efficient Economies: 7,082ndSmartest Citizens: 7,339thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,768thNicest Citizens: 8,052ndBest Weather: 8,751stSafest: 9,304thHighest Economic Output: 9,342ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,999thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,194thTop
Most Compassionate Citizens: 10,628thHealthiest Citizens: 11,508thHighest Average Incomes: 12,532ndLowest Crime Rates: 14,481stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,253rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,438thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,557thMost Politically Free: 17,777th
Most Rebellious Youth: 125th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 141st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 150th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 174th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 179th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 208th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 236th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 245th in the regionMost Cultured: 261st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 270th in the regionMost Inclusive: 273rd in the regionLargest Governments: 278th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 284th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 286th in the regionRudest Citizens: 288th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 294th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 332nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 341st in the regionMost Developed: 352nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 364th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 378th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 392nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 416th in the regionLargest Populations: 418th in the regionMost Politically Free: 442nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 444th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 447th in the regionBest Weather: 474th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 485th in the regionSafest: 507th in the regionTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 546th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 564th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 582nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 592nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 596th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 610th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 704th in the regionNudest: 712th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 842nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 843rd in the region

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