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Largest Welfare Programs: 111th Most Influential: 137th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 271st
The Protectorate of
Left-wing Utopia
Iuvans illos qui auxilium requirunt
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Paffnia

Population15.496 billion

CapitalSkoptopolis
LeaderAleksandar Vekili

Currencypaffnar
Animalllama

The Protectorate of Paffnia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Aleksandar Vekili with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, national health service, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 15.496 billion Paffniacs are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Skoptopolis. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Paffniac economy, worth a remarkable 3,032 trillion paffnars a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 195,721 paffnars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Life-saving resuscitation is denied based on decades-old teenage diaries that declare "I want to die before I get old", the family of Aleksandar Vekili bite their thumbs at paparazzi intrusions, tourists are forbidden to enter Native Paffniac lands, and foreign powers often deal with problems that Paffnia can't handle. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Paffnia's national animal is the llama, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Paffnia is ranked 168,812th in the world and 63rd in Eurasian Socialist Union for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -35.21 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 111thMost Influential: 137thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 271stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 346thMost Pacifist: 400thMost Advanced Public Transport: 481stMost Advanced Public Education: 533rdMost Rebellious Youth: 551stHighest Average Tax Rates: 588thMost Developed: 723rdLargest Governments: 760thSafest: 789thNicest Citizens: 817thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 830thMost Compassionate Citizens: 876thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 967thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,016thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,017thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,032ndHealthiest Citizens: 1,073rdBest Weather: 1,155thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,222ndLowest Crime Rates: 1,352ndSmartest Citizens: 1,394thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,616thMost Cultured: 1,645thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 2,099thMost Devout: 2,377thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,509thMost Inclusive: 2,566thHighest Economic Output: 2,595thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,151stHighest Average Incomes: 5,436thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,628thLargest Populations: 6,596thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,485thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 13,020thMost Income Equality: 16,780th
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Most Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 6th in the region

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