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The Penguin Republic of Lowlandian States

“Putting the WIN in penguin”

Category: Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Antarctica

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Lowlandian States

Population28.122 billion

CapitalAntarctopolis
Leaderthe Penguin Emperor
FaithPenguin Worship

Currencykrill
AnimalLantern Fish

The Penguin Republic of Lowlandian States is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by the Penguin Emperor with an even hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 28.122 billion Lowlandian Statesians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Antarctopolis. The average income tax rate is 87.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Lowlandian Statesian economy, worth a remarkable 3,108 trillion krills a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 110,523 krills, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Pro-wrestling bouts open with a legal disclaimer insisting that any violence is guaranteed 100% faked, candidates make campaign speeches at the funerals of former rivals, The Penguin Emperor's handshakes with opposition leaders usually lead to thumb wars, and the government has legalised small-scale capitalism. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Lowlandian States's national animal is the Lantern Fish, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Penguin Worship.

Lowlandian States is ranked 263,877th in the world and 36th in Antarctica for Largest Retail Industry, scoring -19.08 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 500thSafest: 2,477thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,517thTop
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Most Rebellious Youth: 2,745thMost Pacifist: 2,764thLargest Populations: 3,871stMost Stationary: 4,000thHighest Economic Output: 5,547thLargest Agricultural Sector: 5,629thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,336thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,379thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,706thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,860thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,119thNicest Citizens: 7,341stMost Beautiful Environments: 8,503rdBest Weather: 8,523rdMost Advanced Public Education: 9,458thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,249thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,813thMost Developed: 11,014thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,211thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,433rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,504thLowest Crime Rates: 12,417thSmartest Citizens: 13,101stLongest Average Lifespans: 13,142ndTop
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Largest Governments: 13,692ndMost Inclusive: 15,305thMost Influential: 16,241stHighest Food Quality: 16,692ndMost Secular: 18,282ndMost Cultured: 18,678thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,960thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,093rdHighest Poor Incomes: 19,392ndHealthiest Citizens: 19,579thLargest Information Technology Sector: 21,897thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 22,953rd
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Lowlandian States was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Lowlandian States was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Lowlandian States was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Lowlandian States, the government has legalised small-scale capitalism.
  • : Following new legislation in Lowlandian States, The Penguin Emperor's handshakes with opposition leaders usually lead to thumb wars.
  • : Following new legislation in Lowlandian States, candidates make campaign speeches at the funerals of former rivals.
  • : Following new legislation in Lowlandian States, pro-wrestling bouts open with a legal disclaimer insisting that any violence is guaranteed 100% faked.
  • : Following new legislation in Lowlandian States, the police turn a blind eye to desecration if it's done in the name of religion or protest.
  • : Following new legislation in Lowlandian States, space shuttles are lying silent on the runway till the Space Agency can work out how to fit a creche and a meditation room into their next spacecraft.
  • : Following new legislation in Lowlandian States, schoolboys who turn to watch pretty girls go by are given detention.

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