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Largest Welfare Programs: 1,606thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,110thSafest: 2,781st
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The Plough Islands

Population7.495 billion

CapitalSutton
LeaderDale Piper

Currencyshilling
Animalred fox

The Commonwealth of The Plough Islands is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Dale Piper with an even hand, and notable for its smutty television, sprawling nuclear power plants, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate population of 7.495 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, although Healthcare, Environment, and Welfare are also considered important, while Spirituality and International Aid are ignored. 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 777 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 24,839th in the world and 9th in Zimbabwe for Highest Economic Output, with 777 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Safest: 2,781stMost Advanced Public Education: 2,834thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,016thBest Weather: 3,243rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,292ndLongest Average Lifespans: 4,099thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,152ndMost Pacifist: 4,254thMost Secular: 4,442ndNicest Citizens: 4,600thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,645thHealthiest Citizens: 4,837thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,036thLowest Crime Rates: 5,128thMost Inclusive: 5,157thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,511thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,933rdMost Income Equality: 6,772ndLargest Governments: 8,998thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,638thSmartest Citizens: 10,689thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,635thTop
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Most Developed: 12,300thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,995thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,471stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 16,053rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 16,107th
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