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The Agricultural Paradise of AppleJacky

“Amō Amōrem”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Papastan

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AppleJacky

Population11.241 billion

CapitalCanterlot
LeaderApplejack the Apple Queen
FaithPonyism

CurrencyBit
AnimalDoge

The Agricultural Paradise of AppleJacky is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Applejack the Apple Queen with a fair hand, and renowned for its national health service, complete lack of prisons, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 11.241 billion AppleJackyians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. 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 3,426 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 extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 304,779 Bits, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sex changes are routinely performed at AppleJacky's hospitals, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, political talk shows often have children as guests whenever they need commentary on world religions, and unpackaged foodstuffs rot on store shelves. 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 8th in the world and 1st in Papastan for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 33,055.52 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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1%
Most Inclusive: 5thLargest Welfare Programs: 8thMost Compassionate Citizens: 17thMost Pacifist: 21stNicest Citizens: 25thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 30thMost Advanced Public Education: 34thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 34thLeast Corrupt Governments: 37thHighest Average Tax Rates: 42ndMost Beautiful Environments: 44thMost Developed: 45thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 47thBest Weather: 50thMost Advanced Public Transport: 52ndLongest Average Lifespans: 56thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 58thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 65thHealthiest Citizens: 71stSafest: 88thLargest Governments: 90thMost Cultured: 118thLowest Crime Rates: 132ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 258thSmartest Citizens: 297thHighest Poor Incomes: 455thMost Subsidized Industry: 506thMost Efficient Economies: 621stMost Secular: 723rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,868thTop
5%
Most Rebellious Youth: 2,598thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,653rdHighest Economic Output: 3,444thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,583rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 7,267thMost Stationary: 8,824thTop
10%
Most Income Equality: 11,254thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,233rdMost Influential: 13,952ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,903rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,845th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, unpackaged foodstuffs rot on store shelves.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, political talk shows often have children as guests whenever they need commentary on world religions.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, sex changes are routinely performed at AppleJacky's hospitals.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, the amount welfare recipients spend on fertilizer has exploded.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, the carbon tax fund gladly supplies warm blankets when the poor can't pay their heating bills.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, male politicians lose their jobs for staring too long at their female counterparts.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, the pursuit of wanted criminals ends at the entrance of the pay'n'spray garage as police refuse to enter any private property.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, clowns are being rounded up and admitted to mental institutions.
  • : Following new legislation in AppleJacky, political speeches always take place at sunset to a background of patriotic power ballads.

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