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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 55thMost Valuable International Artwork: 447thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,684th
The Legend of
Father Knows Best State
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Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
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Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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Sheepy Hollow

Population4.369 billion

LeaderThe Sage
FaithAncestor Worship

CurrencyWool
AnimalGhost Shepherd

The Legend of Sheepy Hollow is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by The Sage with an iron fist, and notable for its teetotalling pirates, pith helmet sales, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 4.369 billion Sheeples 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 enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 68.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Sheepy Hollowian economy, worth 360 trillion Wools a year, is highly specialized and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Trout Farming and Soda Sales. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 82,554 Wools, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 281,302 per year while the poor average 17,843, a ratio of 15.8 to 1.

The 'maybe not shock and awe' foreign policy initiative is showing promise, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high, greenhouses are regularly raided by the police, and garishly-decorated government buildings are being hailed as the height of 'religious nouveau'. Crime is a problem. Sheepy Hollow's national animal is the Ghost Shepherd, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Ancestor Worship.

Sheepy Hollow is ranked 90,143rd in the world and 72nd in Caer Sidi for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero valid endorsements.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 55thMost Valuable International Artwork: 447thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,684thTop
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Most Avoided: 6,815thNudest: 7,121stLargest Black Market: 7,403rdMost Patriotic: 7,827thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,848thMost Ignorant Citizens: 8,995thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,679thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 14,921stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,495thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,029thMost Armed: 16,335thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,188thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 24,835thLargest Welfare Programs: 24,934thMost Efficient Economies: 26,790th
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 4th in the regionNudest: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Patriotic: 7th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 12th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 14th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 19th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 20th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 20th in the region

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