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The Commonwealth of Palenhold

“Striving towards a brigter future”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific

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Palenhold

Population340 million

CapitalLuskan

CurrencyPal
AnimalOwlbear

The Commonwealth of Palenhold is a huge, cultured nation, notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 340 million Palenholdians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Luskan. The average income tax rate is 65.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Palenholdian economy, worth 24.1 trillion Pals a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. Average income is 70,909 Pals, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

School lessons are constantly interrupted by 'teacher needs a break' time, the Owlbear is a protected species, snap elections are called over every minor impasse, and employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Palenhold's national animal is the Owlbear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Palenhold is ranked 106,040th in the world and 5,535th in The North Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 433.93 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,611thTop
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Most Influential: 4,861stLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,709thMost Pacifist: 8,312thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,498thMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,631stNicest Citizens: 8,963rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,178thSafest: 12,211thMost Inclusive: 14,720thMost Income Equality: 14,781stLargest Welfare Programs: 15,179th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 323rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 366th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 461st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 473rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 505th in the regionNicest Citizens: 507th in the regionSafest: 634th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 659th in the regionMost Income Equality: 713th in the regionMost Inclusive: 834th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 840th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Palenhold, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams.
  • : Following new legislation in Palenhold, snap elections are called over every minor impasse.
  • : Palenhold was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Liberal Democratic Socialists".
  • : Following new legislation in Palenhold, the Owlbear is a protected species.
  • : Palenhold was endorsed by The Absurd Memory of Ravendi.
  • : Palenhold was endorsed by The Free Land of Interdimensional Zone.
  • : Following new legislation in Palenhold, school lessons are constantly interrupted by 'teacher needs a break' time.
  • : Following new legislation in Palenhold, one tree's worth of paperwork accompanies each imported log of timber.
  • : Following new legislation in Palenhold, the Farmer's Almanac is the most popular college textbook.
  • : Following new legislation in Palenhold, every spring railroad foundations erode to reveal human remains.

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