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Most Cheerful Citizens: 92ndLargest Populations: 108thSmartest Citizens: 477th
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The Blaatschapen

Population37.913 billion

CapitalDas Kapital Cities
LeaderThe Glorious Shepherd

Animalbo peep

The Stuffed leg of lamb with rosemary and pine nuts of The Blaatschapen is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by The Glorious Shepherd with a fair hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, smutty television, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 37.913 billion Blaatschapenians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, outspoken government is dominated by the Department of Education, although Social Policy is also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Das Kapital Cities. Income tax is unheard of.

The enormous but underdeveloped Blaatschapenian economy, worth a remarkable 6,135 trillion Keiters a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Information Technology, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 161,829 Keiters, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 541,320 per year while the poor average 35,962, a ratio of 15.1 to 1.

The government decides its policies by observing the flight of birds, Das Kapital Cities's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight, breast milk lattes are the newest fad among hip urbanites, and prudishness is on the way out. Crime is totally unknown. The Blaatschapen's national animal is the bo peep, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is atheism.

The Blaatschapen is ranked 11,102nd in the world and 6th in Snazzy for Highest Average Incomes, with 161,829.86 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 92ndLargest Populations: 108thSmartest Citizens: 477thMost Pacifist: 842ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 876thNicest Citizens: 1,131stHighest Economic Output: 1,206thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,557thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,574thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,697thTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 2,073rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,646thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,748thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,080thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,719thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,480thMost Avoided: 4,560thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,021stMost Cultured: 6,055thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,177thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,615thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,138thLowest Crime Rates: 7,139thLargest Governments: 7,325thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,482ndLargest Mining Sector: 8,088thLargest Retail Industry: 9,098thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 11,102ndMost Inclusive: 11,272ndMost Secular: 12,479thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 12,653rdMost Influential: 15,173rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 19,377thNudest: 19,409thHealthiest Citizens: 19,991stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 20,471st
Most Pacifist: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the region

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