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The Most Serene Republic of Cowfordia

“The river looks to be pretty shallow here.”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: the South Pacific

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Cowfordia

Population6.28 billion

CapitalHippopottsburgh
LeaderHead Honcho Pro Tempore

Currencykilopound
Animalhippopotamus

The Most Serene Republic of Cowfordia is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Head Honcho Pro Tempore with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 6.28 billion Buckaroos hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The relatively small, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hippopottsburgh. The average income tax rate is 42.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Cowfordian economy, worth a remarkable 1,587 trillion kilopounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 252,796 kilopounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Workers tend to schedule naps during all-hands meetings, party leaders rely on horoscopes to create "ticket balance", it is not politically correct to suspect that a serially convicted burglar might steal again, and it is believed that belligerence is a passing phase foreign leaders will soon outgrow. Crime is totally unknown. Cowfordia's national animal is the hippopotamus, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Cowfordia is ranked 569th in the world and 31st in the South Pacific for Rudest Citizens, with 390.64 Insults Per Minute.

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Most Inclusive: 235thLargest Information Technology Sector: 284thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 289thLeast Corrupt Governments: 306thMost Compassionate Citizens: 465thNicest Citizens: 513thRudest Citizens: 569thMost Secular: 720thSafest: 852ndSmartest Citizens: 925thMost Cultured: 1,002ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,063rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,171stMost Pacifist: 1,402ndHighest Poor Incomes: 1,550thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,576thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,713thTop
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Most Developed: 2,257thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,534thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,143rdHighest Average Incomes: 3,279thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,280thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,651stHealthiest Citizens: 4,131stLongest Average Lifespans: 5,763rdLargest Retail Industry: 7,516thMost Efficient Economies: 9,285thHighest Economic Output: 10,085thLargest Governments: 10,859thTop
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Nudest: 12,060thLargest Welfare Programs: 14,973rdMost Stationary: 16,323rdMost Advanced Public Education: 17,245thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17,534thMost Influential: 18,464thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21,189th
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Most Inclusive: 9th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 11th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 16th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 16th in the regionNicest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 30th in the regionMost Secular: 30th in the regionSafest: 30th in the regionRudest Citizens: 31st in the regionMost Cultured: 31st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 32nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 40th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 43rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 47th in the regionMost Pacifist: 48th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 51st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 74th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 80th in the regionMost Developed: 84th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 90th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 104th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 132nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 136th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 187th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 191st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 221st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 263rd in the regionLargest Governments: 293rd in the regionMost Stationary: 298th in the regionNudest: 364th in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 449th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 460th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 497th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 550th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 702nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 706th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Cowfordia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, it is believed that belligerence is a passing phase foreign leaders will soon outgrow.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, it is not politically correct to suspect that a serially convicted burglar might steal again.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, party leaders rely on horoscopes to create "ticket balance".
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, workers tend to schedule naps during all-hands meetings.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here".
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, a newly discovered small mammal's name translates into Cowfordian as 'your finger, you fool'.
  • : Following new legislation in Cowfordia, people make a career out of medical voyeurism.
  • : Cowfordia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Governments.

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