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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,249th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,741st Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,604th
The Fourth Republic of
New York Times Democracy
Together, We Move Mountains.
Influence
Truckler
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Pantoufle

Population9.953 billion

CapitalOrchard Hills
LeaderMarkus Jäger

CurrencyMarque
AnimalEurasian Sparrowhawk

The Fourth Republic of Pantoufle is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Markus Jäger with a fair hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 9.953 billion Pantouflians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Orchard Hills. The average income tax rate is 96.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Pantouflian economy, worth a remarkable 1,275 trillion Marques a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 128,164 Marques, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 479,007 per year while the poor average 24,017, a ratio of 19.9 to 1.

Condos feature wall-mounted cages containing endangered animals, gossip magazines have been replaced by mask catalogs, only clowns with PhDs from clown college can advise Markus Jäger on Pantoufle's coulrophobia epidemic, and the police go to great efforts to seize contraband favored by politicians on the police oversight committee. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pantoufle's national animal is the Eurasian Sparrowhawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Pantoufle is ranked 6,358th in the world and 8th in Wintreath for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 479,007.62 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,249thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,741stMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,604thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,903rdMost Advanced Public Education: 2,995thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,172ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,363rdMost Subsidized Industry: 3,811thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,139thMost Developed: 4,230thMost Influential: 4,273rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,374thLargest Governments: 4,748thMost Pacifist: 5,364thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,397thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,447thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,614thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,358thHealthiest Citizens: 6,368thBest Weather: 6,471stLowest Crime Rates: 7,390thNicest Citizens: 7,579thMost Cultured: 7,821stTop
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Smartest Citizens: 8,085thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,279thHighest Economic Output: 9,871stMost Secular: 10,124thSafest: 10,585thMost Efficient Economies: 13,520thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,178thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,199th
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 9th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 10th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 10th in the regionMost Developed: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 12th in the regionMost Influential: 12th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 12th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 13th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 14th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 14th in the regionMost Pacifist: 14th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 18th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 22nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Cultured: 24th in the regionLargest Populations: 26th in the regionNicest Citizens: 26th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Pantoufle was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Pantoufle was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Pantoufle, the police go to great efforts to seize contraband favored by politicians on the police oversight committee.
  • : Following new legislation in Pantoufle, only clowns with PhDs from clown college can advise Markus Jäger on Pantoufle's coulrophobia epidemic.
  • : Pantoufle's influence in Wintreath fell from "Handshaker" to "Truckler".
  • : Following new legislation in Pantoufle, gossip magazines have been replaced by mask catalogs.
  • : Following new legislation in Pantoufle, condos feature wall-mounted cages containing endangered animals.
  • : Pantoufle changed its national motto to "Together, We Move Mountains.".
  • : Pantoufle published "Marque Exchange Rates" (Factbook: Economy).
  • : Following new legislation in Pantoufle, prison overcrowding is being addressed with a series of short sharp shocks.

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