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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,388thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,424thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,497th
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Shifty Pigeon

Population6.865 billion

Currencycrust
Animalpigeon

The Colony of Shifty Pigeon is a colossal, efficient nation, notable for its enslaved workforce, pith helmet sales, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 6.865 billion Shifty Pigeons are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Law & Order. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 68.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Shifty economy, worth 742 trillion crusts a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched black market in Woodchip Exports, Retail, Uranium Mining, and Soda Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 108,228 crusts, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 335,206 per year while the poor average 26,922, a ratio of 12.5 to 1.

Diplomatic cables about Leader have suddenly been very flattering, the steaks are too high for ambassadors to butcher foreign relationships, Bambi has been banned, and motorway service stations often have a higher population than the hinterland villages that the roads lead to. Crime is moderate, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Shifty Pigeon's national animal is the pigeon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Shifty Pigeon is ranked 221,508th in the world and 10th in Bird Country for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -8 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,388thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,424thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,497thNudest: 4,734thLargest Black Market: 4,976thMost Avoided: 5,165thMost Primitive: 5,552ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7,550thFattest Citizens: 7,648thMost Secular: 7,869thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,782ndLargest Retail Industry: 9,281stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,713thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,780thTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 13,699thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,535thLargest Mining Sector: 15,055thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 15,407thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,530thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 15,588thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,996thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 17,856thMost Efficient Economies: 21,562ndLargest Welfare Programs: 23,537th
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Shifty Pigeon was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Shifty Pigeon, motorway service stations often have a higher population than the hinterland villages that the roads lead to.
  • : Following new legislation in Shifty Pigeon, Bambi has been banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Shifty Pigeon, the steaks are too high for ambassadors to butcher foreign relationships.
  • : Following new legislation in Shifty Pigeon, diplomatic cables about Leader have suddenly been very flattering.
  • : Following new legislation in Shifty Pigeon, it's best to decline if Leader offers to buy a round of drinks.
  • : Shifty Pigeon was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry, the Top 5% for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry and Most Subsidized Industry, and the Top 10% for Largest Welfare Programs.
  • : Following new legislation in Shifty Pigeon, former weapons designers now boast about their non-jamming semi-automatic nail guns.
  • : Following new legislation in Shifty Pigeon, a weakened police force struggles to maintain law and order.
  • : Following new legislation in Shifty Pigeon, the term "Native Shifty Pigeon" has been redefined as anyone with the same skin color as the majority.

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