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Most Secular: 715thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 739thMost Pacifist: 1,183rd
The Puddle of
Democratic Socialists
Peace and Equality
Minister of Domestic Affairs
Civil Rights
Very Good
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Socialist Platypus

Population1.762 billion

LeaderRobert Plater


The Puddle of Socialist Platypus is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Robert Plater with an even hand, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, soft-spoken computers, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 1.762 billion Platypusians 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 — juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Typus. The average income tax rate is 97.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Socialist Platypusian economy, worth 227 trillion Rovas 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 mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 128,972 Rovas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars, women who walk into the ladies' changing room are accused of being Peeping Toms, families are left homeless as entire suburbs are bulldozed on the whim of tribal chiefs, and onions have been banned due to their tendency to cause eye irritation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Socialist Platypus's national animal is the Platypus, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Pastafarism.

Socialist Platypus is ranked 2,484th in the world and 5th in Conch Kingdom for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 18,236.55 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Secular: 715thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 739thMost Pacifist: 1,183rdSafest: 1,629thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,787thMost Influential: 1,847thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,956thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,163rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,183rdLargest Welfare Programs: 2,217thBest Weather: 2,222ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,258thNicest Citizens: 2,301stLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,308thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,484thHealthiest Citizens: 2,684thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,694thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,824thMost Inclusive: 2,857thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,375thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,466thMost Developed: 3,995thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,960thLargest Governments: 5,084thLowest Crime Rates: 5,232ndSmartest Citizens: 6,751stMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,692ndHighest Poor Incomes: 7,720thMost Cultured: 7,806thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,959thTop
Most Income Equality: 12,791stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,359thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,586thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,055thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,847thMost Efficient Economies: 18,396thHighest Average Incomes: 20,047thMost Cheerful Citizens: 22,564th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionNicest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Cultured: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 18th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 22nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 23rd in the regionTop
Most Income Equality: 24th in the regionMost Influential: 24th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 41st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 43rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 44th in the region

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