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Most Influential: 168th Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 544th Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 675th
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The Commonwealth of South Cowland is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Ken with an even hand, and renowned for its parental licensing program, strictly enforced bedtime, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 13.879 billion South Cowlandians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small, corrupt, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cow City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.4%.

The frighteningly efficient South Cowlandian economy, worth a remarkable 4,057 trillion Pounds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an amazing 292,358 Pounds, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 966,659 per year while the poor average 66,099, a ratio of 14.6 to 1.

The new 'Things We Stole From Other Countries' exhibition at the National Museum of Antiquities is a hit, small businesses are gobbled up almost daily by corporate giants, commuters often break into synchronised para-para dancing for no reason at all, and NationStates staff are easily recognizable by their gold-plated mansions. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. South Cowland's national animal is the fox, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

South Cowland is ranked 152,729th in the world and 862nd in Europe for Most Income Equality, scoring 6.84 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Most Influential: 168thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 544thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 675thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 830thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 902ndLargest Insurance Industry: 1,043rdLargest Publishing Industry: 1,165thHighest Average Incomes: 1,252ndHighest Economic Output: 1,433rdTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,793rdSmartest Citizens: 1,949thMost Efficient Economies: 2,076thLargest Retail Industry: 2,321stSafest: 2,328thRudest Citizens: 2,380thLargest Mining Sector: 2,520thMost Cultured: 3,651stHealthiest Citizens: 3,886thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,988thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,242ndLowest Crime Rates: 4,795thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,930thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,954thMost Secular: 5,266thLargest Governments: 5,906thMost Developed: 6,177thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 6,970thLargest Populations: 7,321stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,401stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,103rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,246thTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9,923rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 11,414thMost Pro-Market: 11,783rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12,057thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,728thLargest Gambling Industry: 13,802ndLargest Black Market: 14,234thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 15,437thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,889thMost Corrupt Governments: 16,891st
Largest Insurance Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9th in the regionTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 11th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13th in the regionRudest Citizens: 14th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 15th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 20th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 20th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 24th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 25th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 27th in the regionMost Influential: 28th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 31st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 32nd in the regionLargest Populations: 37th in the regionSafest: 37th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 41st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 44th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 46th in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 47th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 51st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 52nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 55th in the regionMost Cultured: 56th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 56th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 58th in the regionLargest Black Market: 58th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 63rd in the regionLargest Governments: 64th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 72nd in the regionMost Secular: 73rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 77th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 79th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 82nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 85th in the regionMost Developed: 87th in the region

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