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The Democratic Republic of Palanto

“Only fight if you need to. But if you do, fight hard.”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Sonindia



Population3.786 billion

LeaderPrime Minister

AnimalPalantoan Firehawk

The Democratic Republic of Palanto is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Prime Minister with an even hand, and notable for its unlimited-speed roads, keen interest in outer space, and daily referendums. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 3.786 billion Palantoans are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tolosau. The average income tax rate is 80.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Palantoan economy, worth 439 trillion Capols a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 116,151 Capols, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Bleach is the nation's most common pesticide, the Palanto Enquirer offers weekly cash prizes for 'most blasphemous song, story, or cartoon', babies living in poverty are told to take responsibility for their own fortunes, and people who tease dwarfs are being cut down to size. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Palanto's national animal is the Palantoan Firehawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Christianity.

Palanto is ranked 189,143rd in the world and 197th in Sonindia for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -5.4 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 2,244thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,994thBest Weather: 3,037thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,369thMost Pacifist: 3,418thNicest Citizens: 3,455thMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,533rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,121stSafest: 4,583rdHealthiest Citizens: 4,817thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,044thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,211thMost Inclusive: 6,272ndLongest Average Lifespans: 6,421stMost Beautiful Environments: 6,738thMost Influential: 7,587thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,966thMost Devout: 8,279thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,428thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,081stLowest Crime Rates: 9,301stTop
Most Cultured: 11,365thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,173rdMost Developed: 12,283rdSmartest Citizens: 13,094thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,544thLargest Governments: 15,323rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 18,608thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,914thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 19,467th
Most Pacifist: 4th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6th in the regionBest Weather: 6th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionSafest: 8th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 13th in the regionMost Devout: 13th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 16th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 16th in the regionMost Inclusive: 17th in the regionMost Income Equality: 20th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Palanto was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : Palanto lodged a message on the Sonindia Regional Message Board.
  • : Palanto altered its national flag.
  • : Palanto's influence in Sonindia rose from "Newcomer" to "Apprentice".
  • : Palanto relocated from Balder to Sonindia.
  • : Palanto was refounded in Balder.
  • : Palanto ceased to exist in Sonindia.
  • : Following new legislation in Palanto, people who tease dwarfs are being cut down to size.
  • : Following new legislation in Palanto, babies living in poverty are told to take responsibility for their own fortunes.
  • : Following new legislation in Palanto, the Palanto Enquirer offers weekly cash prizes for 'most blasphemous song, story, or cartoon'.


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