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Most Secular: 47thLargest Information Technology Sector: 230thMost Scientifically Advanced: 273rd
The Gigantic Frozen Igloo of
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I’d connect with nature, but there’s no USB port
Hiram Fox
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Civil Rights
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Economy
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Studly Penguins

Population25.7 billion

CapitalFort McGuire
LeaderHiram Fox

CurrencyKrone
AnimalSuper-Hyped Up Penguin

The Gigantic Frozen Igloo of Studly Penguins is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Hiram Fox with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, sprawling nuclear power plants, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 25.7 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 98.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Studly Penguinian economy, worth a remarkable 8,238 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 320,579 Kroner, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Military service is compulsory, sales of superhero insurance have skyrocketed after the government abandoned the police in favor of vigilantes, saying "don't do anything that Hiram Fox wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal, and the only violent vigilantes are the ones in police uniforms. 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 9,992nd in the world and 10th in Texas for Safest, scoring 120.99 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Most Secular: 47thLargest Information Technology Sector: 230thMost Scientifically Advanced: 273rdSmartest Citizens: 311thMost Efficient Economies: 405thHealthiest Citizens: 406thMost Developed: 469thLongest Average Lifespans: 502ndRudest Citizens: 512thHighest Food Quality: 571stMost Cultured: 729thMost Inclusive: 756thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,136thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,210thHighest Economic Output: 1,328thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,453rdLargest Governments: 1,480thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,525thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,536thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,145thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,340thHighest Average Incomes: 2,357thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,696thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,708thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,308thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,699thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,156thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,893rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,237thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,130thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,170thLargest Populations: 7,484thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,133rdSafest: 9,992ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,749thTop
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Best Weather: 14,907thMost Influential: 24,599thLowest Crime Rates: 24,806thMost Patriotic: 26,929th
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Highest Food Quality: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 6th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionNudest: 9th in the regionMost Patriotic: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, the only violent vigilantes are the ones in police uniforms.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, saying "don't do anything that Hiram Fox wouldn't do" doesn't exclude a great deal.
  • : Studly Penguins was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Gambling Industry and Most Patriotic.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, sales of superhero insurance have skyrocketed after the government abandoned the police in favor of vigilantes.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, military service is compulsory.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, coffee cups have grown in size to accommodate the huge ingredients list.
  • : 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, soldiers' positions are given away by the glint of their bayonets.
  • : Studly Penguins was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, powerful x-ray machines used by the Customs Department can see into the homes of nearby residents.

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