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Most Inclusive: 251stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 506thLargest Publishing Industry: 777th
The Most Serene Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
The river looks to be pretty shallow here.
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Cowfordia

Population7.722 billion

CapitalHippopottsburgh
LeaderHead Honcho Pro Tempore

Currencykilopound
Animalhippopotamus

The Most Serene Republic of Cowfordia is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Head Honcho Pro Tempore with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, public floggings, and disturbing lack of elderly people. The compassionate, cheerful population of 7.722 billion Buckaroos 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 tiny government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Law & Order, and Administration also on the agenda, while International Aid is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hippopottsburgh. The average income tax rate is 8.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cowfordian economy, worth a remarkable 1,415 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 major contributions from Book Publishing, Retail, and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 183,371 kilopounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The state considers itself the 'third parent' of every child in the nation, theatre audiences often need a telescope to see the stage, left-wing militias train children how to properly burn down banks, and builders across Cowfordia are blocked up with orders for new public loos. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Cowfordia's national animal is the hippopotamus, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Cowfordia is ranked 89,619th in the world and 3,247th in the South Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 2,440.81 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Most Inclusive: 251stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 506thLargest Publishing Industry: 777thNicest Citizens: 878thMost Compassionate Citizens: 879thMost Cultured: 944thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,324thRudest Citizens: 1,470thSmartest Citizens: 1,544thHighest Crime Rates: 1,681stLargest Retail Industry: 1,996thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,186thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,341stTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 2,716thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,202ndMost Beautiful Environments: 4,592ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,258thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,511thMost Secular: 6,609thHealthiest Citizens: 7,532ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 8,227thHighest Average Incomes: 8,645thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,054thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 12,674thMost Armed: 12,857thMost Pacifist: 14,365thMost Stationary: 14,649thMost Developed: 14,786thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,916thMost Influential: 16,701stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 20,688thMost Efficient Economies: 22,188th
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Most Inclusive: 10th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 17th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 19th in the regionNicest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Cultured: 30th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 31st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 37th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 53rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 54th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 57th in the regionRudest Citizens: 67th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 69th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 70th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 77th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 104th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 142nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 175th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 204th in the regionMost Secular: 227th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 239th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 248th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 251st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 262nd in the regionMost Stationary: 262nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 279th in the regionMost Armed: 321st in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 430th in the regionMost Developed: 445th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 528th in the regionMost Pacifist: 589th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 642nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 653rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 678th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 719th in the regionNudest: 809th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, builders across Cowfordia are blocked up with orders for new public loos.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, left-wing militias train children how to properly burn down banks.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, theatre audiences often need a telescope to see the stage.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, the state considers itself the 'third parent' of every child in the nation.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, hipster cyclists declare that "metal is dead".
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, cutting-edge missile systems are being retrofitted to twin-prop air force biplanes.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, organ donation is compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have.

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