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Most Influential: 152nd Most Stationary: 440th Largest Publishing Industry: 1,150th
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The Swiss Cheese Confederacy of Cowland5 is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Queen Tabitha II with a fair hand, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 19.787 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 54.7%.

The all-consuming Cowlandian economy, worth a remarkable 2,807 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 141,861 francs, with the richest citizens earning 6.3 times as much as the poorest.

Counselors have to sign pledges supporting gay rights before they can speak to any patients, visions of giant pink cows are a common side effect after Cowlandians eat their meals, even the nation's brussel sprouts are delicious and nutritious, and Queen Tabitha II's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader. Crime is totally unknown. Cowland5's national animal is the cow, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Cowland5 is ranked 143,562nd in the world and 130th in Canada for Fattest Citizens, with 5.73 Obesity Rate.

Most Influential: 152ndMost Stationary: 440thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,150thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 1,783rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,537thHighest Economic Output: 2,681stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,634thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,652ndLargest Populations: 3,771stMost Cultured: 4,079thRudest Citizens: 4,170thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,659thHealthiest Citizens: 4,668thSmartest Citizens: 5,636thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,903rdLongest Average Lifespans: 6,312thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,484thNudest: 7,458thTop
Best Weather: 8,155thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8,677thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,245thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,584thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,003rdMost Developed: 11,235thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,660thHighest Average Incomes: 12,915thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,933rd
Most Stationary: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6th in the regionNudest: 7th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 8th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 12th in the regionMost Cultured: 13th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 15th in the region

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