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Most Secular: 9th Largest Information Technology Sector: 122nd 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

Population20.391 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 notable for its national health service, anti-smoking policies, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 20.391 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, outspoken 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 95.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Studly Penguinian economy, worth a remarkable 5,701 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 reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 279,632 Kroner, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is illegal to have the wrong clock time showing on your microwave oven, Hiram Fox's webseries about the alleged hauntings of Fort McGuire generates millions of views, citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones, and engineers ask liberal arts majors "Do you want fries with that?". 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 1,744th in the world and 8th in Texas for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 86.71 Workforce Participation Rate.

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Most Secular: 9thLargest Information Technology Sector: 122ndSmartest Citizens: 265thHealthiest Citizens: 297thRudest Citizens: 318thMost Inclusive: 415thMost Scientifically Advanced: 448thMost Developed: 489thMost Cultured: 572ndLongest Average Lifespans: 600thHighest Poor Incomes: 670thMost Subsidized Industry: 693rdMost Influential: 799thHighest Economic Output: 1,031stMost Efficient Economies: 1,263rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,295thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,417thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,629thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,633rdTop
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,744thSafest: 1,903rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,929thLargest Governments: 1,984thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,428thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,116thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,455thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,260thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,266thLargest Populations: 4,614thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,038thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,879thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,523rdTop
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Highest Drug Use: 8,751stLargest Gambling Industry: 9,143rdLargest Welfare Programs: 11,533rdNudest: 11,937thMost Stationary: 13,993rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,270th
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Most Secular: 1st in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Cultured: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionSafest: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 11th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 12th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16th in the regionNudest: 18th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Studly Penguins voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Command Responsibility".
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, engineers ask liberal arts majors "Do you want fries with that?".
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, Hiram Fox's webseries about the alleged hauntings of Fort McGuire generates millions of views.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, it is illegal to have the wrong clock time showing on your microwave oven.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, arthritic surgeons with tremulous fingers reassure patients that they are in safe hands.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, the opposition leader's credibility has been undermined by constant attention drawn to a dodgy toupee.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, Hiram Fox's media campaigns take a hiatus around exam week.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, the nation's weary schoolchildren excel at sport but must count scores on their fingers.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, the nation's generous tax credits have brought all the film studios to the yard.

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