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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,190thMost Inclusive: 1,272ndHighest Poor Incomes: 1,306th
The Greater Worker's Union of
Left-wing Utopia
Harmony and Progress!
The Omnipotent Eye
Influence
Ambassador
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Spodehaven

Population17.958 billion

CapitalGrand Underground
LeaderThe Omnipotent Eye
FaithSpodeism

CurrencyYargon
AnimalWalking Eye

The Greater Worker's Union of Spodehaven is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Omnipotent Eye with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 17.958 billion Spodists are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grand Underground. The average income tax rate is 98.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Spodish economy, worth a remarkable 4,579 trillion Yargons a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an amazing 255,012 Yargons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

A large-scale revitalization of the education system is underway, children must be board certified to append "Jr" to their name, black tea is only available on the black market, and asking 'does my bum look big in this?' leads to 30 hours of self-esteem classes. Crime is totally unknown. Spodehaven's national animal is the Walking Eye, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Spodeism.

Spodehaven is ranked 5,641st in the world and 30th in The Glorious Nations of Iwaku for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,939.47 Tourists Per Hour.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,190thMost Inclusive: 1,272ndHighest Poor Incomes: 1,306thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,452ndSmartest Citizens: 1,476thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,536thLargest Governments: 1,665thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,698thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,954thMost Efficient Economies: 2,085thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,095thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,131stHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,231stMost Developed: 2,346thHighest Economic Output: 2,357thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,637thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,668thMost Influential: 2,679thMost Cultured: 2,742ndHighest Average Incomes: 3,322ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,573rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,503rdMost Subsidized Industry: 4,680thLargest Welfare Programs: 5,481stLowest Crime Rates: 5,586thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,641stLongest Average Lifespans: 6,219thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,939thNicest Citizens: 7,843rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,039thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,091stRudest Citizens: 8,765thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,839thLargest Populations: 9,863rdMost Stationary: 10,530thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,982ndMost Beautiful Environments: 11,411thMost Secular: 11,614thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 14,276thHealthiest Citizens: 17,331stSafest: 21,992ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 22,194th
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Most Influential: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 9th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 10th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 10th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 13th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 14th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 14th in the regionMost Stationary: 14th in the regionLargest Populations: 14th in the regionLargest Governments: 15th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 16th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 18th in the regionMost Cultured: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 21st in the regionMost Developed: 21st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 23rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 25th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 25th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 29th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 30th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 30th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 31st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 32nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 38th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 40th in the region

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