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Most Inclusive: 200thHighest Food Quality: 409thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 441st
The Most Serene Republic of
Father Knows Best State
The river looks to be pretty shallow here.
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Cowfordia

Population8.695 billion

CapitalHippopottsburgh
LeaderHead Honcho Pro Tempore

Currencykilopound
Animalhippopotamus

The Most Serene Republic of Cowfordia is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Head Honcho Pro Tempore with an iron fist, and renowned for its state-planned economy, ban on automobiles, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical, cheerful population of 8.695 billion Buckaroos are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The tiny government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hippopottsburgh. The average income tax rate is 6.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cowfordian economy, worth a remarkable 1,746 trillion kilopounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Retail, and Tourism. Average income is an amazing 200,886 kilopounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations, high school boys are required to pass vigorous self-mastery and sensitivity training to graduate, many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators, and teenagers are severely punished for being out too late. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Cowfordia's national animal is the hippopotamus, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Cowfordia is ranked 243,344th in the world and 8,563rd in the South Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -21.33 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most Inclusive: 200thHighest Food Quality: 409thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 441stNicest Citizens: 633rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 651stLargest Publishing Industry: 758thMost Cheerful Citizens: 838thMost Cultured: 866thMost Secular: 1,065thSmartest Citizens: 1,209thHighest Disposable Incomes: 1,819thRudest Citizens: 1,929thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,930thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,247thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 2,486thHighest Crime Rates: 2,616thMost Pacifist: 2,651stMost Developed: 2,653rdHighest Poor Incomes: 3,238thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,275thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,771stHealthiest Citizens: 4,170thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,286thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,878thHighest Average Incomes: 6,838thMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,054thMost Patriotic: 8,427thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8,515thLongest Average Lifespans: 8,778thHighest Economic Output: 10,486thTop
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Most Stationary: 13,413thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,922ndMost Influential: 15,543rdMost Efficient Economies: 19,206th
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Most Inclusive: 8th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 17th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 18th in the regionNicest Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 27th in the regionMost Cultured: 29th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 43rd in the regionMost Secular: 44th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 51st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 67th in the regionRudest Citizens: 79th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 79th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 85th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 86th in the regionTop
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Most Developed: 89th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 90th in the regionMost Pacifist: 97th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 99th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 119th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 135th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 138th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 143rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 179th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 181st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 214th in the regionMost Stationary: 245th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 270th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 297th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 391st in the regionLargest Populations: 399th in the regionTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 464th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 504th in the regionNudest: 602nd in the regionLargest Governments: 782nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, teenagers are severely punished for being out too late.
  • : Cowfordia was reclassified from "Libertarian Police State" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, many whiskies taste suspiciously like automobile radiators.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, high school boys are required to pass vigorous self-mastery and sensitivity training to graduate.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, raver DJ XStacy holds multiple medical degrees in chillaxing.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, companies struggle to cover for the hordes of employees on parental leave.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, kids are taught in schools to argue with their parents.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, children need to wear helmets and safety harnesses before mounting a carousel horse.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, all footpaths have tollbooths.

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