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The Colony of A Carrier Pigeon

“Coo!”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: The NewsStand

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A Carrier Pigeon

Population4.649 billion

Currencycrust
Animalpigeon

The Colony of A Carrier Pigeon is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, compulsory military service, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.649 billion Carrier Pigeonians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Healthcare, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 40.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Carrier Pigeonian economy, worth 352 trillion crusts a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Soda Sales, and Cheese Exports. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 75,785 crusts, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

The election for Leader's office's janitor is heating up, the military lends out its new fighter jets as easily as a good neighbor lending out his garden tools, military officers are given medals for disobeying orders, and nothing gets the party jumping like Leader specifying how high. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. A Carrier Pigeon's national animal is the pigeon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

A Carrier Pigeon is ranked 112,224th in the world and 1st in The NewsStand for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 533.39 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Top
5%
Most Primitive: 3,397thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 7,301stLargest Mining Sector: 7,720thTop
10%
Most Devout: 7,931stLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8,083rdLargest Black Market: 12,823rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 14,217th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : A Carrier Pigeon was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in A Carrier Pigeon, nothing gets the party jumping like Leader specifying how high.
  • : Following new legislation in A Carrier Pigeon, military officers are given medals for disobeying orders.
  • : A Carrier Pigeon was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in A Carrier Pigeon, the military lends out its new fighter jets as easily as a good neighbor lending out his garden tools.
  • : Following new legislation in A Carrier Pigeon, the election for Leader's office's janitor is heating up.
  • : Following new legislation in A Carrier Pigeon, RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept.
  • : Following new legislation in A Carrier Pigeon, 100-year-old politicians are now a thing of the past.
  • : Following new legislation in A Carrier Pigeon, the Carrier Pigeonian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas.
  • : Following new legislation in A Carrier Pigeon, rag-wearing teachers are often mistaken for homeless people.

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