by Max Barry

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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,041st Largest Populations: 2,282nd Most Beautiful Environments: 2,869th
The Nine Lives of
Father Knows Best State
Don't wake the Baboon!
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Civil Rights
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Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Few

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The Nine Lives of Percy J Pickleface is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, strictly enforced bedtime, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, cynical population of 23.899 billion Percy J Picklefaceans are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Law & Order, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Percy J Pickleface City. The average income tax rate is 85.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Percy J Picklefacean economy, worth a remarkable 1,371 trillion Kitty Treats a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 57,398 Kitty Treats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Firing squads regularly execute dissidents, mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest growing field, thalassophobia and heliophobia are on the rise, and drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Percy J Pickleface's national animal is the Black Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Percy J Pickleface is ranked 31,292nd in the world and 3rd in A Van Down by the River for Most Devout, with 716.47 Prayers Per Hour.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,041stLargest Populations: 2,282ndMost Beautiful Environments: 2,869thMost Influential: 3,436thBest Weather: 4,268thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,562ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,344thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,561stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,042ndLongest Average Lifespans: 6,158thHighest Economic Output: 7,210thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 9,852ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,627thMost Cultured: 11,169thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,764thMost Pacifist: 11,929thLargest Governments: 12,399thSmartest Citizens: 13,008thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,139th

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