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The Blaatschapen

Population37.902 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 remarkable for its public floggings, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 37.902 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 receive no funds. 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 6,133 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 161,829 Keiters, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 541,320 per year while the poor average 35,962, 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 35,024th in the world and 2nd in Snazzy for Most Pro-Market, scoring 68.33 on the Rand Index.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 93rdLargest Populations: 108thSmartest Citizens: 475thMost Pacifist: 846thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 879thNicest Citizens: 1,134thHighest Economic Output: 1,204thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,556thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,572ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,689thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 2,070thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,652ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,753rdMost Rebellious Youth: 3,076thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,717thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,483rdMost Avoided: 4,547thMost Cultured: 6,052ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,055thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,127thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,621stMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,127thLowest Crime Rates: 7,145thLargest Governments: 7,309thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,491stLargest Mining Sector: 8,074thLargest Retail Industry: 9,065thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 11,059thMost Inclusive: 11,286thMost Secular: 12,493rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,676thMost Influential: 15,146thNudest: 19,414thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,590thHealthiest Citizens: 19,611thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 20,580th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the region

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