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Largest Welfare Programs: 1,722nd Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,838th Safest: 2,558th
The Commonwealth of
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Civil Rights
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Economy
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The Plough Islands

Population2.571 billion

CapitalSutton
LeaderDale Piper

Currencyshilling
Animalred fox

The Commonwealth of The Plough Islands is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Dale Piper with an even hand, and remarkable for its daily referendums, ubiquitous missile silos, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate population of 2.571 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 receive no funds. 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 272 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 106,101 shillings, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Political candidates must be personally vetted by Dale Piper, government bureaucrats shut down teenage yard-raking businesses for being counter-revolutionary, vacationers and business travelers are often warned that they may lose the right to vote if they spend too much time overseas, and there's sophisticated talk of revolution within the ever-expanding mining colonies. 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 92,178th in the world and 1st in WappenLand for Most Extreme, scoring 16.86 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 1,722ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,838thSafest: 2,558thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,926thBest Weather: 3,013thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,016thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,083rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,345thMost Pacifist: 3,398thNicest Citizens: 3,827thMost Inclusive: 4,152ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,388thHealthiest Citizens: 4,410thLowest Crime Rates: 4,589thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,644thMost Secular: 4,780thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,063rdLongest Average Lifespans: 5,135thMost Income Equality: 5,230thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,532ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,110thLargest Governments: 8,397thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 8,607thMost Developed: 9,360thSmartest Citizens: 9,532ndMost Subsidized Industry: 11,732ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 14,659thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,175th

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