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The Airborne Flock of Migrating Geese

“Honk, honk, quack. I have a speech impediment.”

Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Fragile
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: World Republic

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Migrating Geese

Population43.521 billion

CapitalBirdland
LeaderMaMa Goose

Currencynest egg
Animalgoose

The Airborne Flock of Migrating Geese is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by MaMa Goose with an even hand, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, keen interest in outer space, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 43.521 billion Geese are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Environment, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Birdland. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 73.0%.

The large but sluggish Migrating Geesean economy, worth 845 trillion nest eggs a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 19,428 nest eggs, with the richest citizens earning 5.8 times as much as the poorest.

The nation's orphanages and maternity wards have been nicknamed 'the Killbot Factories', shopkeepers use microscopes to verify the authenticity of banknotes, children's bedrooms are often decorated with posters of successful accountants, and high school bands practice by moonlight. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Migrating Geese's national animal is the goose, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Migrating Geese is ranked 294,248th in the world and 48th in World Republic for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -13.49 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Largest Populations: 561stTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,684thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,331stBest Weather: 14,385thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 15,114thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,355thMost Devout: 23,846thSafest: 25,405th
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Largest Populations: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Average: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the region

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