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The Father-Land

Population36.016 billion



The Republic of the Commonwealth of The Father-Land is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Weston with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, public floggings, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 36.016 billion Landians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pittsburgh. The average income tax rate is 81.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Father-Landian economy, worth a remarkable 6,090 trillion Landies a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 169,092 Landies, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The citizenship exam requires years of study to actually pass, soldiers on first dates introduce themselves only by their ranks and serial numbers, families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain, and the only science is political science. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Father-Land's national animal is the Penguin, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

The Father-Land is ranked 158,642nd in the world and 3,651st in the West Pacific for Most Armed, with 0.26 Weapons Per Person.

Largest Populations: 1,052ndLargest Publishing Industry: 1,274thHighest Economic Output: 1,470thSafest: 2,082ndTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,778thSmartest Citizens: 2,822ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,842ndMost Developed: 2,911thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,124thMost Influential: 3,550thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,604thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,725thMost Advanced Public Education: 4,749thMost Cultured: 4,954thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,298thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,038thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,443rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,293rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 7,428thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,626thHighest Food Quality: 9,093rdLargest Governments: 9,417thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,062ndHealthiest Citizens: 10,648thHighest Average Incomes: 10,749thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 11,289thRudest Citizens: 11,402ndNudest: 11,464thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 11,793rdMost Beautiful Environments: 12,548thLargest Insurance Industry: 13,739thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,165thMost Efficient Economies: 14,854thMost Stationary: 14,924thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,214thMost Secular: 16,119thLargest Retail Industry: 16,394thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,476thLowest Crime Rates: 19,969th
Largest Populations: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 25th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 27th in the regionSafest: 43rd in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 55th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 58th in the regionMost Developed: 61st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 74th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 77th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 86th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 90th in the regionMost Influential: 99th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 104th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 106th in the regionMost Cultured: 107th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 121st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 127th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 129th in the regionNudest: 143rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 163rd in the regionLargest Governments: 170th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 185th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 209th in the regionMost Stationary: 213th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 214th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 214th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 216th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 219th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 238th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 253rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 255th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 263rd in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 281st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 314th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 338th in the regionMost Secular: 346th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 362nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 385th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 415th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 451st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 518th in the region

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