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Largest Welfare Programs: 1,739th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,865th Safest: 2,536th
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The Plough Islands

Population2.191 billion

CapitalSutton
LeaderDale Piper

Currencyshilling
Animalred fox

The Commonwealth of The Plough Islands is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Dale Piper with an even hand, and renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, daily referendums, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate population of 2.191 billion Plough Islanders are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — prioritizes Education, with Healthcare, Environment, and Welfare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sutton. The average income tax rate is 95.2%.

The all-consuming Plough Islander economy, worth 231 trillion shillings a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 105,878 shillings, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking, every workday begins with group therapy, the police strictly enforce off-limit zones for tourists, and political candidates must be personally vetted by Dale Piper. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Plough Islands's national animal is the red fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Plough Islands is ranked 2,971st in the world and 1st in WappenLand for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 16,667.02 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 1,739thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,865thSafest: 2,536thBest Weather: 2,874thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,971stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,982ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,069thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,108thMost Pacifist: 3,337thNicest Citizens: 3,598thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,021stMost Inclusive: 4,086thHealthiest Citizens: 4,346thLowest Crime Rates: 4,538thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,650thMost Secular: 4,796thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,973rdLongest Average Lifespans: 5,023rdMost Beautiful Environments: 5,420thMost Income Equality: 5,450thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,172ndTop
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Largest Governments: 8,509thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,698thMost Developed: 9,412thSmartest Citizens: 9,471stMost Subsidized Industry: 11,682ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 14,724thMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,406thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,740th

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