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Most Primitive: 84thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 152ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 179th
The Sunset on the River Nile of
Father Knows Best State
Live.
Malcolm
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Few

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Pluvie

Population4.525 billion

CapitalMattar
LeaderMalcolm
FaithLove

CurrencySun-token
AnimalFennec Fox

The Sunset on the River Nile of Pluvie is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Malcolm with an iron fist, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, compulsory military service, and ritual sacrifices. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 4.525 billion Pluveans 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 relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Mattar. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 9.5%.

The all-consuming Pluviean economy, worth 314 trillion Sun-tokens a year, is highly specialized and led by the Basket Weaving industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is 69,397 Sun-tokens, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 366,722 per year while the poor average 6,974, a ratio of 52.6 to 1.

Residents of houses built on a foundation of wishful thinking are prone to an odd sinking feeling, traveller camps regularly block five-lane superhighways, meetings are often scheduled for "about four-ish" following complete conversion to sundials, and arthritic citizens seem underrepresented at royal meet-and-greets. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Pluvie's national animal is the Fennec Fox, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Love.

Pluvie is ranked 247,451st in the world and 252nd in Karma for Most Income Equality, scoring 1.9 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Most Primitive: 84thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 152ndMost Ignorant Citizens: 179thMost Valuable International Artwork: 641stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 674thHighest Crime Rates: 827thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1,046thMost Devout: 1,359thFattest Citizens: 1,662ndMost Avoided: 2,646thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,821stMost Cultured: 3,610thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,856thLargest Retail Industry: 4,945thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,008thRudest Citizens: 8,203rdMost Armed: 11,913thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,348thTop
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Largest Black Market: 14,173rdHighest Food Quality: 16,055thMost Inclusive: 16,582ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24,599thHighest Disposable Incomes: 25,838thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 26,442nd
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Devout: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 9th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 11th in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 13th in the regionRudest Citizens: 16th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 21st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 21st in the regionLargest Black Market: 22nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pluvie, arthritic citizens seem underrepresented at royal meet-and-greets.
  • : Following new legislation in Pluvie, meetings are often scheduled for "about four-ish" following complete conversion to sundials.
  • : Following new legislation in Pluvie, traveller camps regularly block five-lane superhighways.
  • : Pluvie was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Avoided.
  • : Following new legislation in Pluvie, residents of houses built on a foundation of wishful thinking are prone to an odd sinking feeling.
  • : Following new legislation in Pluvie, nobility is the world's oldest profession.
  • : Following new legislation in Pluvie, the only legal elections are for student body president.
  • : Pluvie was reclassified from "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Following new legislation in Pluvie, woefully uninformed voters cast their ballots at random.
  • : Following new legislation in Pluvie, late night talk show hosts are having a field day over Malcolm's questionably sane new coalition partners.

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