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Pledonia

Population1.833 billion

CapitalByta
LeaderLukas Gronseth

CurrencyDucal
AnimalDove

The Zukchiva Bullies Me Too of Pledonia is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Lukas Gronseth with a fair hand, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.833 billion Pledonians 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 enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Byta. The average income tax rate is 69.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Pledonian economy, worth 137 trillion Ducals a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Cheese Exports, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 74,825 Ducals, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Programmers often reinvent the wheel, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars, college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys, and laser-wielding robots are taking aim at human hearts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pledonia's national animal is the Dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Pledonia is ranked 195,257th in the world and 6,218th in The East Pacific for Most Armed, with 0.22 Weapons Per Person.

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Best Weather: 13,465thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,101stMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,305thNicest Citizens: 14,854thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,238thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,486thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,606thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,746thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,308thMost Advanced Public Education: 21,343rdMost Inclusive: 21,758thSmartest Citizens: 23,092ndHealthiest Citizens: 24,051stLowest Crime Rates: 24,055thMost Politically Free: 24,143rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 24,194th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 179th in the regionMost Influential: 240th in the regionMost Politically Free: 341st in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 422nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 427th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 463rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 478th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 478th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 517th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 533rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 635th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 663rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 675th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 683rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 684th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 713th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 716th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 732nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 740th in the region

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