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Largest Black Market: 4,760th Largest Populations: 5,536th Most Stationary: 6,313th
The Ghost Grey Penguin of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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The Ghost Grey Penguin of --TAO-- is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by TAO the Wanderer with an even hand, and notable for its daily referendums, unlimited-speed roads, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed population of 16.349 billion TAO-penguins have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government prioritizes Defense, with Education and Public Transport also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of --TAO-- City. The average income tax rate is 67.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The --TAO--ian economy, worth a remarkable 1,035 trillion 17jan2010 grumphas a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 63,360 17jan2010 grumphas, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest growing field, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway, the education system is being cleansed of all corporate influence, and business owners return from long vacations to find their factories have been turned into homeless shelters. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. --TAO--'s national animal is the grumpha, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Antimarsupialism.

--TAO-- is ranked 131,619th in the world and 9th in The Beech Beach House for Most Extreme, scoring 7.53 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Largest Black Market: 4,760thLargest Populations: 5,536thMost Stationary: 6,313thTop
Highest Economic Output: 10,051stMost Influential: 10,976thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,428th
Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the region

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