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Most Rebellious Youth: 2,073rdLargest Publishing Industry: 3,784thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,604th
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Population17.287 billion

LeaderMalphe Vytherov-Skollvaldr
FaithHorned Rat

CurrencyMalphaen Denarius
AnimalDesert Woodrat

The Rat of Malphe is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Malphe Vytherov-Skollvaldr with an even hand, and notable for its daily referendums, smutty television, and national health service. The compassionate population of 17.287 billion Rats enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The medium-sized, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Horsonopile. The average income tax rate is 71.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Rodentine economy, worth a remarkable 2,744 trillion Malphaen Denarii a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 158,738 Malphaen Denarii, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Patriots insist that size does matter, insanely good theatre productions face government censorship, grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps, and Malphe Vytherov-Skollvaldr spends weekends doing the laundry of foreign leaders. Crime is totally unknown. Malphe's national animal is the Desert Woodrat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Horned Rat.

Malphe is ranked 270,202nd in the world and 5,636th in The North Pacific for Most Devout, with 2.83 prayers per hour.

Most Rebellious Youth: 2,073rdTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 3,784thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,604thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,979thBest Weather: 7,353rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,358thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,412thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,873rdMost Cultured: 8,055thSmartest Citizens: 8,116thHighest Economic Output: 8,350thHighest Food Quality: 8,370thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,594thRudest Citizens: 8,634thMost Developed: 9,091stNicest Citizens: 9,416thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,972ndMost Secular: 10,077thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,914thMost Inclusive: 11,314thMost Efficient Economies: 13,067thTop
Most Influential: 14,075thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,267thHealthiest Citizens: 16,164thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,507thMost Subsidized Industry: 17,250thNudest: 19,115thHighest Average Incomes: 19,645thMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,249thLargest Populations: 21,598thLargest Governments: 23,916thMost Advanced Public Education: 24,816thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 26,679th
Most Rebellious Youth: 67th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 116th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 160th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 267th in the regionRudest Citizens: 284th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 309th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 316th in the regionMost Secular: 329th in the regionMost Cultured: 352nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 353rd in the regionLargest Populations: 360th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 368th in the regionNudest: 370th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 386th in the regionBest Weather: 402nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 408th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 435th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 436th in the regionMost Developed: 457th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 464th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 465th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 468th in the regionNicest Citizens: 471st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 498th in the regionMost Inclusive: 542nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 578th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Malphe lodged a message on the The North Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Malphe was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Malphe was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Malphe was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Malphe was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Food Quality, Most Developed, Highest Economic Output, Most Scientifically Advanced, and Most Inclusive.
  • : Malphe was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Malphe's influence in The North Pacific rose from "Zero" to "Minnow".
  • : Malphe relocated from Balder to The North Pacific.
  • : Malphe altered its national flag.
  • : Malphe was refounded in Balder.