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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 6,737thLargest Retail Industry: 19,270thMost Patriotic: 20,346th
The The Equal Peoples of
Father Knows Best State
Skoop, that's about it...
High Skoop Skop Skoopson
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Average
Economy
Strong
Political Freedom
Few

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The Skoopers

Population1.169 billion

CapitalSkoopville
LeaderHigh Skoop Skop Skoopson
FaithThe Holy Church of Skoop

CurrencySkoop
AnimalSkoop

The The Equal Peoples of The Skoopers is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by High Skoop Skop Skoopson with an iron fist, and remarkable for its closed borders, infamous sell-swords, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 1.169 billion Skoop are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Skoopville. The average income tax rate is 23.0%.

The strong Skoop economy, worth 82.2 trillion Skoops a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient black market in Tourism, Information Technology, Retail, and Soda Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 70,292 Skoops, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Violently opinionated speakers can be heard preaching their hateful views on every street corner, women tell their friends they've been on crash diets rather than admit they were pregnant and have had terminations, High Skoop Skop Skoopson signs the laws but abides by none of them, and urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts. Crime is moderate, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. The Skoopers's national animal is the Skoop, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Holy Church of Skoop.

The Skoopers is ranked 71,486th in the world and 161st in Refugia for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 2,332.92 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 6,737thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 19,270thMost Patriotic: 20,346thMost Devout: 21,108th
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 9th in the regionMost Patriotic: 11th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 13th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 17th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 20th in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 24th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 26th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 41st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Skoopers, urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Skoopers, High Skoop Skop Skoopson signs the laws but abides by none of them.
  • : Following new legislation in The Skoopers, women tell their friends they've been on crash diets rather than admit they were pregnant and have had terminations.
  • : Following new legislation in The Skoopers, violently opinionated speakers can be heard preaching their hateful views on every street corner.
  • : Following new legislation in The Skoopers, a death threat has replaced 'hello' as an official greeting in the nation.
  • : The Skoopers was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Devout.
  • : The Skoopers changed its national faith to "The Holy Church of Skoop".
  • : Following new legislation in The Skoopers, churches frequently hold public 'contraception burnings'.
  • : Following new legislation in The Skoopers, High Skoop Skop Skoopson is the self-declared God of all The Skoopers.
  • : Following new legislation in The Skoopers, citizens are enjoying a recent large cut in taxes.

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