by Max Barry

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Most Secular: 13th Largest Information Technology Sector: 116th Most Scientifically Advanced: 181st
The Gigantic Frozen Igloo of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Manny's love is killing us!
Hiram Fox
Lieutenant Governor
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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The Gigantic Frozen Igloo of Studly Penguins is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Hiram Fox with an even hand, and notable for its public floggings, pith helmet sales, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 17.674 billion Studly Penguinians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Fort McGuire. The average income tax rate is 9.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Studly Penguinian economy, worth a remarkable 4,243 trillion Kroner a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Gambling. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 240,110 Kroner, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Unpackaged foodstuffs rot on store shelves, refugees from other nations are flocking to Studly Penguins's border, the hills are alive with the sound of ringtones, and new funding allows inner city teachers to replace school laptops almost as fast as they get stolen. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Studly Penguins's national animal is the Super-Hyped Up Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Studly Penguins is ranked 150,309th in the world and 124th in Texas for Most Avoided, scoring 0.92 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Most Secular: 13thLargest Information Technology Sector: 116thMost Scientifically Advanced: 181stSmartest Citizens: 401stHealthiest Citizens: 414thMost Influential: 608thMost Inclusive: 624thLeast Corrupt Governments: 697thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 700thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 827thLargest Publishing Industry: 845thRudest Citizens: 866thMost Cultured: 875thMost Developed: 937thMost Efficient Economies: 1,309thHighest Economic Output: 1,465thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,476thHighest Crime Rates: 1,500thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,503rdMost Subsidized Industry: 1,555thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 2,704thLargest Gambling Industry: 3,664thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,986thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,286thLargest Populations: 4,947thLargest Black Market: 5,175thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 9,484thLargest Governments: 10,443rdMost Advanced Public Education: 13,490thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,493rdNudest: 15,831stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,108th
Most Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the regionTop
Highest Crime Rates: 10th in the regionRudest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 13th in the regionLargest Governments: 14th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 16th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, new funding allows inner city teachers to replace school laptops almost as fast as they get stolen.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, the hills are alive with the sound of ringtones.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, refugees from other nations are flocking to Studly Penguins's border.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, unpackaged foodstuffs rot on store shelves.
  • : Studly Penguins composed a new Welcome Telegram for Texas.
  • : Studly Penguins canceled the Welcome Telegram of Texas.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, the government seeks peaceful forum with terrorists.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, crowds of flag-burning protesters tend to accidentally become crowds of burning protesters.
  • : Following new legislation in Studly Penguins, stoned tourists don't tend to remember much about their holidays here.
  • : Studly Penguins was endorsed by The Galactic Muppets of Darth Kermit.


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