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The Blaatschapen

Population39.948 billion

CapitalDas Kapital Cities
LeaderThe Glorious Shepherd
Faithatheism

CurrencyKeiter
Animalbo peep

The Lamb pate with toast, lamb kebab with satay sauce, stuffed leg of lamb with rosemary and pine nuts, lamb shank hotpot pie with pickled red cabbage, aromatic lamb casserole with prunes, fruity lamb tagine of The Blaatschapen is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by The Glorious Shepherd with a fair hand, and renowned for its parental licensing program, rampant corporate plagiarism, and complete absence of social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 39.948 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, liberal, 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 6,464 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 161,832 Keiters, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 541,330 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 12,239th in the world and 4th in Snazzy for Most Inclusive, scoring 171.54 on the Mandela-Wollstonecraft Non-Discrimination Index.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 94thLargest Populations: 106thSmartest Citizens: 530thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 841stMost Pacifist: 927thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,261stHighest Economic Output: 1,309thNicest Citizens: 1,338thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,587thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,592ndLargest Gambling Industry: 2,101stTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,555thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,717thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,047thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,838thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,354thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,775thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,030thMost Cultured: 6,195thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,634thLowest Crime Rates: 7,788thLargest Governments: 7,845thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,884thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,274thLargest Mining Sector: 9,562ndLargest Retail Industry: 9,965thTop
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Nudest: 11,811thHighest Average Incomes: 11,920thMost Inclusive: 12,239thMost Secular: 13,150thMost Influential: 13,547thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,697thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 15,661stHighest Food Quality: 17,245thMost Stationary: 19,648thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,961stHealthiest Citizens: 21,198thLargest Information Technology Sector: 23,149th
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Largest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the region

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