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Largest Welfare Programs: 1,865th Largest Populations: 2,199th Most Beautiful Environments: 3,379th
The Nine Lives of
Father Knows Best State
Don't wake the Baboon!
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Percy J Pickleface

Population24.918 billion

CapitalPercy J Pickleface City

CurrencyKitty Treat
AnimalBlack Cat

The Nine Lives of Percy J Pickleface is a gargantuan, genial nation, renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, smutty television, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The compassionate, cynical population of 24.918 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 85.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Percy J Picklefacean economy, worth a remarkable 1,473 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 59,131 Kitty Treats, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

The government's only official statement on the burning down of Percy J Pickleface City was that 'they shouldn't have been so careless', the clergy of a major religion remains a single-sex institution, only women may wear the crown of Percy J Pickleface, and pre-schoolers who draw stick figures of their favorite celebrities are sued for infringing image rights. 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 38,669th in the world and 1st in A Van Down by the River for Most Authoritarian, with 0.75 Stalins.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 1,865thLargest Populations: 2,199thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,379thMost Influential: 3,790thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,110thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,228thBest Weather: 5,305thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,333rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,304thHighest Economic Output: 7,205thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,231stTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 10,531stHighest Average Tax Rates: 11,055thMost Cultured: 11,199thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,211thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,717thMost Pacifist: 12,940thLargest Governments: 12,982ndSmartest Citizens: 13,572ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 16,522nd

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