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The Agricultural Paradise of AppleJacky

“Amō Amōrem”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Papastan

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AppleJacky

Population18.948 billion

CapitalCanterlot
LeaderApplejack the Apple Queen
FaithPonyism

CurrencyBit
AnimalDoge

The Agricultural Paradise of AppleJacky is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Applejack the Apple Queen with a fair hand, and notable for its ban on automobiles, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 18.948 billion AppleJackyians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Canterlot. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient AppleJackyian economy, worth a remarkable 7,399 trillion Bits 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 led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 390,530 Bits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes, voting is voluntary, only lightning has a chance of striking Applejack the Apple Queen twice, and drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. AppleJacky's national animal is the Doge, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Ponyism.

AppleJacky is ranked 302,098th in the world and 4th in Papastan for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -76.73 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most Inclusive: 2ndHighest Food Quality: 4thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6thLargest Welfare Programs: 8thNicest Citizens: 8thMost Pacifist: 9thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12thLeast Corrupt Governments: 13thMost Advanced Public Education: 15thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17thMost Beautiful Environments: 20thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 21stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 23rdLargest Governments: 24thBest Weather: 24thMost Developed: 25thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 28thLongest Average Lifespans: 29thHealthiest Citizens: 31stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 34thSafest: 35thMost Advanced Public Transport: 38thLowest Crime Rates: 51stMost Cultured: 58thMost Cheerful Citizens: 114thSmartest Citizens: 122ndMost Secular: 229thHighest Poor Incomes: 259thMost Efficient Economies: 443rdMost Subsidized Industry: 666thHighest Average Incomes: 1,177thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,390thHighest Economic Output: 1,612thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,171stMost Income Equality: 2,455thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,785thTop
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Most Stationary: 6,098thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,803rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,801stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,728thMost Influential: 9,222ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,711thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 15,489thLargest Populations: 17,899th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, only lightning has a chance of striking Applejack the Apple Queen twice.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, voting is voluntary.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, election results are often delayed for weeks to count the expat votes.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, access to the woods is only granted to those who bring a small shrubbery.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, the nation honors the inventor of the three-wheeled steam-powered AppleJackyian weed picker.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, prolonged government investigations are a common revenge tactic among spurned significant others.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, authorities are looking for a stool pigeon to rat out who is stealing food from pigeon toilets.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, young and brooding teens are welcomed with open arms to the Dogwarts School of Strangeness and Sorcery.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, one tree's worth of paperwork accompanies each imported log of timber.

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