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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,380th Best Weather: 3,654th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,758th
The Once Abandoned Hopes of
Corrupt Dictatorship
In fear we fled, at peace we build
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Stiltball

Population4.692 billion

CapitalStandon Principles
LeaderMorgana Rubellum-Stiltscroft

Currencypeg leg
Animaltardigrade

The Once Abandoned Hopes of Stiltball is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Morgana Rubellum-Stiltscroft with an iron fist, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical population of 4.692 billion Stiltstanders are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Standon Principles. The average income tax rate is 91.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Stiltballian economy, worth 623 trillion peg legs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 132,957 peg legs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Populations of two-headed tardigrades have been found around recently-uncovered archaeological sites, randomly bombing neighboring countries has become the new national sport, body doubles and armed bodyguards escort witnesses to and from courtrooms, and there is a dearth of space for new houses. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Stiltball's national animal is the tardigrade, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Stiltball is ranked 78,081st in the world and 2,977th in the West Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 74.62 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,380thBest Weather: 3,654thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,758thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,710thHealthiest Citizens: 5,436thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,470thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,279thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,582ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,793rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,849thMost Inclusive: 6,868thMost Pacifist: 6,934thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,405thMost Cultured: 7,590thMost Developed: 7,835thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8,058thLargest Governments: 8,335thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 8,988thNicest Citizens: 9,374thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,852ndMost Subsidized Industry: 10,470thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,510thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,025thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,588thMost Efficient Economies: 13,680thLargest Publishing Industry: 13,742ndHighest Average Incomes: 16,663rd
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 50th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 72nd in the regionBest Weather: 85th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 96th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 111th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 114th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 125th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 148th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 159th in the regionLargest Governments: 161st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 166th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 168th in the regionMost Cultured: 175th in the regionMost Inclusive: 182nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 184th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 191st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 192nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 195th in the regionMost Developed: 209th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 217th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 237th in the regionNicest Citizens: 244th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 300th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 301st in the regionMost Stationary: 319th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 320th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 329th in the regionTop
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Highest Economic Output: 356th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 382nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 389th in the regionLargest Populations: 450th in the regionMost Influential: 518th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 519th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 655th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Stiltball, there is a dearth of space for new houses.
  • : Following new legislation in Stiltball, body doubles and armed bodyguards escort witnesses to and from courtrooms.
  • : Following new legislation in Stiltball, randomly bombing neighboring countries has become the new national sport.
  • : Following new legislation in Stiltball, populations of two-headed tardigrades have been found around recently-uncovered archaeological sites.
  • : Following new legislation in Stiltball, a girl's success in life is often linked to her performance in beauty pageants.
  • : Stiltball was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Stiltball was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Stiltball, flatulent people are left to die of cancer at the end of hospital waiting lists.
  • : Following new legislation in Stiltball, bilingual Stiltstanders are viewed with suspicion.
  • : Following new legislation in Stiltball, government policy is dictated by a major religion.

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