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Most Secular: 8th Largest Information Technology Sector: 128th Smartest Citizens: 265th
The Gigantic Frozen Igloo of
New York Times Democracy
Manny's love is killing us!
Hiram Fox
Influence
Negotiator
Lieutenant Governor
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Studly Penguins

Population20.739 billion

CapitalFort McGuire
LeaderHiram Fox

CurrencyKrone
AnimalSuper-Hyped Up Penguin

The Gigantic Frozen Igloo of Studly Penguins is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Hiram Fox with a fair hand, and remarkable for its vat-grown people, absence of drug laws, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 20.739 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 medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fort McGuire. The average income tax rate is 95.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Studly Penguinian economy, worth a remarkable 5,870 trillion Kroner a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 283,041 Kroner, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Studly Penguins Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise, the nation's interest in space is at an all-time high while interest in saving the planet is at an all-time low, construction workers evacuate work sites after finding sharp rocks on the ground, and being nicknamed "Orange Face" has done Hiram Fox's credibility no favours. Crime is totally unknown. Studly Penguins's national animal is the Super-Hyped Up Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Studly Penguins is ranked 35,156th in the world and 57th in Texas for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 3,548.4 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

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Most Secular: 8thLargest Information Technology Sector: 128thSmartest Citizens: 265thMost Scientifically Advanced: 291stHealthiest Citizens: 295thRudest Citizens: 392ndMost Inclusive: 421stMost Developed: 481stMost Cultured: 556thLongest Average Lifespans: 582ndHighest Poor Incomes: 641stMost Subsidized Industry: 687thMost Influential: 818thLeast Corrupt Governments: 971stHighest Economic Output: 1,011thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,232ndMost Efficient Economies: 1,262ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,408thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,497thTop
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Safest: 1,813thLargest Governments: 1,854thHighest Average Incomes: 1,901stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,917thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,435thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,888thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,277thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,817thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,058thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,465thLargest Populations: 4,620thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,961stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,616thHighest Drug Use: 7,866thLargest Gambling Industry: 8,100thTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 10,074thMost Stationary: 12,601stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,241stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,687th
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Most Secular: 1st in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 11th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 15th in the regionMost Income Equality: 16th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Studly Penguins voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Darkesia".
  • : Studly Penguins voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Fair Depository standards Act".
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, being nicknamed "Orange Face" has done Hiram Fox's credibility no favours.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, construction workers evacuate work sites after finding sharp rocks on the ground.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, the nation's interest in space is at an all-time high while interest in saving the planet is at an all-time low.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, the Studly Penguins Automotive Racing Series draws millions of spectators annually while those near the tracks complain about the noise.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, the Studly Penguinian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, witnesses have to run a gauntlet of mob enforcers to testify at trials.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, innocent defendants often plead guilty for fear of receiving a much harsher sentence before jury.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, government crews work tirelessly to retake the suburbs from organized packs of raccoons.

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