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The Egyptian Kingdom of Paglaum

“Order and progress.”

Category: Left-Leaning College State
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Diplomat

Location: The Coalition of Democratic Nations

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Paglaum

Population12.257 billion

CapitalWilwatikta
LeaderPrime Minister Lucien Najjar

CurrencyPaglaumian Guilders
AnimalEagle

The Egyptian Kingdom of Paglaum is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Prime Minister Lucien Najjar with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, anti-smoking policies, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 12.257 billion Paglaumians enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Wilwatikta. The average income tax rate is 29.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Paglaumian economy, worth a remarkable 2,148 trillion Paglaumian Guilders a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 175,294 Paglaumian Guilders, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.9 times as much as the poorest.

School plays were recently banned due to concerns of child endangerment, a blood-red mark on the doorframe means a building must be passed over for destruction, high-tech infantry rifles automatically reload when the soldier shoots outside the screen of their helmet HUD, and photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in Prime Minister Lucien Najjar's bedroom. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Paglaum's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Paglaum is ranked 38,794th in the world and 13th in The Coalition of Democratic Nations for Rudest Citizens, with 77.02 Insults Per Minute.

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Largest Insurance Industry: 2,694thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2,866thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,203rdMost Influential: 4,511thLargest Black Market: 5,037thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,808thHighest Economic Output: 6,906thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,245thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,293rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,229thHighest Average Incomes: 9,052ndMost Developed: 9,868thSmartest Citizens: 10,085thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,877thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 11,823rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,237thMost Cultured: 13,330thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,855thLongest Average Lifespans: 14,031stHealthiest Citizens: 14,746thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,751stMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,614thLargest Retail Industry: 16,135thLowest Crime Rates: 17,277thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,366thMost Secular: 17,377thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,977thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,173rdLargest Populations: 20,662ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,770thLargest Mining Sector: 21,224th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the region

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