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Largest Welfare Programs: 1,474thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,894thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,672nd
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The Plough Islands

Population6.104 billion

LeaderDale Piper

Animalred fox

The Commonwealth of The Plough Islands is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Dale Piper with an even hand, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, sprawling nuclear power plants, and rampant corporate plagiarism. The compassionate population of 6.104 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 95.5%.

The all-consuming Plough Islander economy, worth 633 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 extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming. Average income is an impressive 103,748 shillings, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sleep-deprived officials are known to collapse after late night revision for their examinations, armed war-criminals gain asylum if deemed 'fabulous' enough, elections are won by the candidate who makes the best 'yo mama' jokes, and NationStates is now a popular brand of laxatives despite Max Barry's protests. 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 224,202nd in the world and 9th in Zimbabwe for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -22.27 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Largest Welfare Programs: 1,474thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,894thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,672ndSafest: 2,699thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,739thBest Weather: 2,904thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,169thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,665thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,790thMost Pacifist: 3,802ndNicest Citizens: 4,087thMost Secular: 4,240thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,344thHealthiest Citizens: 4,528thMost Inclusive: 4,606thLowest Crime Rates: 4,798thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,957thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,147thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,446thMost Income Equality: 7,502ndLargest Governments: 8,426thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,110thSmartest Citizens: 10,161stHighest Poor Incomes: 10,616thTop
Most Developed: 11,482ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,155thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,291stMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,282ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 15,609th

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