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Most Secular: 9th Largest Information Technology Sector: 121st Smartest Citizens: 315th
The Gigantic Frozen Igloo of
New York Times Democracy
Manny's love is killing us!
Hiram Fox
Influence
Negotiator
Lieutenant Governor
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Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
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Studly Penguins

Population18.575 billion

CapitalFort McGuire
LeaderHiram Fox

CurrencyKrone
AnimalSuper-Hyped Up Penguin

The Gigantic Frozen Igloo of Studly Penguins is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Hiram Fox with a fair hand, and notable for its anti-smoking policies, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 18.575 billion Studly Penguinians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fort McGuire. The average income tax rate is 63.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Studly Penguinian economy, worth a remarkable 4,872 trillion Kroner a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 262,300 Kroner, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Replacement organs are grown in vats, people believe that if you teach a man to fish he won't buy fish from you any more, beaches are empty as the shark population multiplies exponentially, and the government tries to improve relations with hostile countries by sending gift baskets. Crime, especially youth-related, is pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Studly Penguins's national animal is the Super-Hyped Up Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Studly Penguins is ranked 42,878th in the world and 52nd in Texas for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 63.2 Effective Tax Rate.

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Most Secular: 9thLargest Information Technology Sector: 121stSmartest Citizens: 315thMost Scientifically Advanced: 373rdRudest Citizens: 385thHealthiest Citizens: 400thMost Inclusive: 514thLeast Corrupt Governments: 594thMost Influential: 634thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 647thLargest Publishing Industry: 759thMost Cultured: 783rdMost Developed: 790thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 792ndHighest Poor Incomes: 981stLongest Average Lifespans: 1,082ndMost Subsidized Industry: 1,257thHighest Economic Output: 1,279thMost Efficient Economies: 1,352ndTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 2,191stHighest Crime Rates: 2,658thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,212thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,785thLargest Populations: 4,906thMost Armed: 5,021stLargest Governments: 5,333rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,379thLargest Gambling Industry: 6,411thHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,537thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,930thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 9,738thLargest Black Market: 10,947thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,621stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,942ndNudest: 14,132ndMost Politically Free: 15,122ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 16,375thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,303rd
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 7th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 14th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 18th in the regionMost Politically Free: 19th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Studly Penguins voted against the World Assembly Resolution "End Excessive Data Retention Act".
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, the government tries to improve relations with hostile countries by sending gift baskets.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, beaches are empty as the shark population multiplies exponentially.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, people believe that if you teach a man to fish he won't buy fish from you any more.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, replacement organs are grown in vats.
  • : Studly Penguins was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, cheap goods stamped "Made In Dàguó" are increasingly rare.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, private pharmacies close down as medicinal drugs are given away freely by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, truth is often impossible to tell from fiction on the evening news.
  • : Studly Penguins was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Free.

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