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The Avid Rodent of Malphe II

“Rat'll do”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Thriving
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Osiris

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Malphe II

Population3.962 billion

CapitalSecond Horsonopile
LeaderSecond Horsell
FaithFlemingovianism

CurrencyDenarius
AnimalDesert Woodrat

The Avid Rodent of Malphe II is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Second Horsell with a fair hand, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, otherworldly petting zoo, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-working, democratic population of 3.962 billion Second Malphaes enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The tiny, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Second Horsonopile. The average income tax rate is 8.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Second Malphaen economy, worth 284 trillion Denarii a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Woodchip Exports industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Basket Weaving, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 71,791 Denarii, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The Treasury Minister takes anxiety medication every time kids lose their sports kits, urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts, thousands of picky mothers-in-law have been recruited to serve as even pickier cookery instructors, and strip mining of rare earth metals is up while back problems are down. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent. Malphe II's national animal is the Desert Woodrat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Flemingovianism.

Malphe II is ranked 79,354th in the world and 3,194th in Osiris for Longest Average Lifespans, with 61.38 Years.

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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,553rdTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,241stMost Cheerful Citizens: 11,820thMost Politically Free: 15,130th
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Most Influential: 282nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 291st in the regionMost Politically Free: 292nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 410th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 487th in the region

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