by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 156th Most Stationary: 443rd Largest Publishing Industry: 1,124th
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The Swiss Cheese Confederacy of Cowland5 is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Queen Tabitha II with a fair hand, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, sprawling nuclear power plants, and unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 19.298 billion Cowlandians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The medium-sized, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Social Policy, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cowtopolis. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 52.3%.

The all-consuming Cowlandian economy, worth a remarkable 2,747 trillion francs a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Gambling. Average income is an impressive 142,347 francs, with the richest citizens earning 6.3 times as much as the poorest.

The poor are often seen pale and dizzy after selling their blood to make ends meet, sharks are enjoying their deliveries of canned food, counselors have to sign pledges supporting gay rights before they can speak to any patients, and visions of giant pink cows are a common side effect after Cowlandians eat their meals. Crime is totally unknown. Cowland5's national animal is the cow, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Cowland5 is ranked 72,729th in the world and 73rd in Canada for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 2,016.64 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 156thMost Stationary: 443rdLargest Publishing Industry: 1,124thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,781stTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 2,554thHighest Economic Output: 2,677thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,735thRudest Citizens: 3,896thLargest Populations: 4,018thMost Cultured: 4,021stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,100thHealthiest Citizens: 4,750thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,855thSmartest Citizens: 5,653rdMost Beautiful Environments: 6,298thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,568thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,110thNudest: 8,873rdTop
Best Weather: 9,271stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 9,503rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,787thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,467thMost Developed: 11,575thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,957thHighest Average Incomes: 13,041stLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,881stMost Advanced Public Education: 14,149thMost Secular: 17,129thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,554th
Most Stationary: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionTop
Nudest: 11th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 12th in the regionMost Cultured: 14th in the region

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