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The Kingdom of Bova Ptaltand

“You Can't Stop Progress” Ash

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
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Regional Influence: Page

Location: the West Pacific


Bova Ptaltand

Population4.964 billion

CapitalBova Plaltand City


The Kingdom of Bova Ptaltand is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Ash with an even hand, and renowned for its digital currency, punitive income tax rates, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.964 billion Bova Ptaltandians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Healthcare, and Welfare also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bova Plaltand City. The average income tax rate is 92.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bova Ptaltandian economy, worth 613 trillion dollars 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 123,495 dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The parliament building has installed a revolving door, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers, decongestants have replaced dollars in street transactions, and drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Bova Ptaltand's national animal is the squirrel, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Bova Ptaltand is ranked 20,926th in the world and 582nd in the West Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 6,969.75 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Most Pacifist: 2,661stLargest Welfare Programs: 2,977thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,007thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,750thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,909thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,949thNicest Citizens: 4,054thMost Developed: 4,413thSafest: 4,421stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,466thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,589thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,751stMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,898thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,607thMost Inclusive: 5,776thMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,869thMost Influential: 5,871stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,029thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,139thHealthiest Citizens: 6,205thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,298thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,384thBest Weather: 6,393rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,547thSmartest Citizens: 6,783rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,184thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,590thLowest Crime Rates: 8,399thTop
Largest Governments: 8,833rdMost Cultured: 9,048thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,333rdMost Income Equality: 13,967thMost Efficient Economies: 15,412thMost Secular: 15,713th
Largest Welfare Programs: 57th in the regionMost Pacifist: 64th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 71st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 75th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 77th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 86th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 87th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 95th in the regionNicest Citizens: 95th in the regionSafest: 97th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 98th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 105th in the regionMost Developed: 116th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 132nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 133rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 136th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 144th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 150th in the regionMost Inclusive: 151st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 153rd in the regionMost Influential: 164th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 168th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 169th in the regionBest Weather: 169th in the regionLargest Governments: 172nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 177th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 178th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 180th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 186th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 189th in the regionMost Cultured: 203rd in the regionMost Stationary: 306th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 365th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 366th in the regionLargest Populations: 426th in the regionMost Secular: 464th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 503rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 553rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 582nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 618th in the region

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