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The Blaatschapen

Population35.118 billion

CapitalDas Kapital Cities
LeaderThe Glorious Shepherd

Animalbo peep

The Stuffed leg of lamb with rosemary and pine nuts of The Blaatschapen is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Glorious Shepherd with a fair hand, and renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, daily referendums, and frequent executions. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 35.118 billion Blaatschapenians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, outspoken government is dominated by the Department of Education, although Social Policy is also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Das Kapital Cities. Income tax is unheard of.

The enormous but underdeveloped Blaatschapenian economy, worth a remarkable 5,649 trillion Keiters a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 160,874 Keiters, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 538,125 per year while the poor average 35,749, a ratio of 15.1 to 1.

The government decides its policies by observing the flight of birds, Das Kapital Cities's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight, breast milk lattes are the newest fad among hip urbanites, and prudishness is on the way out. Crime is totally unknown. The Blaatschapen's national animal is the bo peep, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is atheism.

The Blaatschapen is ranked 6,522nd in the world and 4th in Snazzy for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 9,415.3 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 91stLargest Populations: 103rdSmartest Citizens: 377thNicest Citizens: 988thMost Pacifist: 1,008thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,055thHighest Economic Output: 1,072ndLargest Publishing Industry: 1,454thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,600thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 2,040thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,234thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,805thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,892ndMost Rebellious Youth: 3,242ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,464thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,981stMost Avoided: 4,534thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,038thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5,435thMost Cultured: 6,079thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,332ndLargest Mining Sector: 6,522ndMost Advanced Public Education: 6,741stLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,773rdLowest Crime Rates: 6,862ndLargest Governments: 7,026thLargest Retail Industry: 8,082ndTop
Highest Average Incomes: 10,549thMost Inclusive: 10,693rdNudest: 10,964thMost Secular: 11,150thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,193rdMost Politically Free: 13,914thMost Influential: 14,980thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 15,987thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,916th
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the region

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