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Largest Black Market: 3,353rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,653rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,930th
The Dictatorship of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Freedom is the Downfall of Man
Father
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Papalandia

Population8.689 billion

CapitalPapagrad
LeaderFather
FaithFatherism

CurrencyPapa
AnimalMillipede

The Dictatorship of Papalandia is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Father with an iron fist, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies, prohibition of alcohol, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 8.689 billion Papalandians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Papagrad. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 92.7%.

The thriving Papalandian economy, worth a remarkable 1,172 trillion Papas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Basket Weaving, and Beef-Based Agriculture. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 134,997 Papas, with the richest citizens earning 6.0 times as much as the poorest.

Caroling is considered a public disturbance, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene, punk rockers smash it up and then clean it up, and government agents scour baking periodicals for subversive recipes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Papalandia's national animal is the Millipede, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Fatherism.

Papalandia is ranked 211,145th in the world and 6,594th in the Pacific for Most Secular, with 8.27 Atheism Rate.

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Largest Black Market: 3,353rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,653rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,930thMost Authoritarian: 4,512thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,631stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,764thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,872ndLowest Crime Rates: 5,177thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,050thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,306thHealthiest Citizens: 6,828thMost Conservative: 7,052ndLargest Governments: 8,871stMost Devout: 9,448thTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,944thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,360thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,318thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,765thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,039thHighest Economic Output: 14,410thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,619thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15,198thMost Stationary: 16,223rdMost Subsidized Industry: 16,243rdLargest Welfare Programs: 16,452ndSmartest Citizens: 17,268thHighest Average Incomes: 17,388thMost Extreme: 18,048thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19,197thMost Influential: 19,837thBest Weather: 20,512th
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 72nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 86th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 95th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 109th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 126th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 142nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 144th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 147th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 159th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 168th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 170th in the regionMost Extreme: 196th in the regionMost Devout: 201st in the regionLargest Governments: 211th in the regionLargest Populations: 213th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 220th in the regionMost Stationary: 242nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 264th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 268th in the regionMost Conservative: 300th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 316th in the regionMost Influential: 325th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 328th in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 345th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 372nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 379th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 405th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 427th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 444th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 494th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 504th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 509th in the regionBest Weather: 534th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 597th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 642nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Papalandia, government agents scour baking periodicals for subversive recipes.
  • : Following new legislation in Papalandia, punk rockers smash it up and then clean it up.
  • : Following new legislation in Papalandia, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene.
  • : Following new legislation in Papalandia, caroling is considered a public disturbance.
  • : Following new legislation in Papalandia, when shaking hands with foreign leaders Father wears an armoured gauntlet.
  • : Following new legislation in Papalandia, imitation is the sincerest form of felony.
  • : Following new legislation in Papalandia, babysitters are a thing of the past.
  • : Following new legislation in Papalandia, libraries are refusing to stock A Midsummer Night's Dream because it has an ass in it.
  • : Following new legislation in Papalandia, would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here".
  • : Following new legislation in Papalandia, nobody thinks that the Godfather was bettered by Part 2.

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