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The Banditry of Panther

“A King of Shreds and Patches”

Category: Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: South Pacific



Population3.892 billion

CapitalBlack Pagoda
LeaderMournful Caliph
FaithCult of Pestilent Despair

Currencyblack doubloon
AnimalFuzzy Bandit

The Banditry of Panther is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Mournful Caliph with an even hand, and renowned for its digital currency, free-roaming dinosaurs, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cheerful, devout population of 3.892 billion Panthers are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Black Pagoda. The average income tax rate is 99.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Pantherine economy, worth a remarkable 1,110 trillion black doubloons a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Beef-Based Agriculture. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 285,403 black doubloons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Strict term limits have been applied to all elected offices, a video of Mournful Caliph wearing shock-blue face paint and smashing an electric guitar in front of a frenzied crowd is on endless repeat on the nightly news, voting is voluntary, and governments opposing Panther are beset by rebels. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Panther's national animal is the Fuzzy Bandit, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Cult of Pestilent Despair.

Panther is ranked 726th in the world and 1st in South Pacific for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 3,149.43 Tourists Per Hour.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 414thLargest Publishing Industry: 510thMost Cheerful Citizens: 571stMost Developed: 633rdMost Cultured: 646thLongest Average Lifespans: 723rdMost Efficient Economies: 724thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 726thHighest Poor Incomes: 773rdSmartest Citizens: 826thHealthiest Citizens: 847thLowest Crime Rates: 856thNicest Citizens: 943rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 946thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,011thLargest Governments: 1,064thBest Weather: 1,180thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,260thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,385thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,580thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,813thMost Inclusive: 1,894thMost Devout: 1,905thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,164thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 2,302ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,461stMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,627thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,714thSafest: 3,020thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,964thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,972ndMost Pacifist: 7,638thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,115thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,448thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,656thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,796thMost Influential: 8,798thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,951stTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,132ndHighest Economic Output: 15,281stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,292ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,494th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 10th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12th in the regionRudest Citizens: 13th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Panther lodged a message on the South Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Panther approved the World Assembly proposal "13th Amendment ".
  • : Panther approved the World Assembly proposal "De-Nuclearization of all Members".
  • : Panther approved the World Assembly proposal "civil Rights for All".
  • : Panther approved the World Assembly proposal "Sovereign Justice Accord".
  • : Panther approved the World Assembly proposal "Pedagogical Freedom".
  • : Panther approved the World Assembly proposal "Condemn Ever-Wandering Souls".
  • : Panther voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Syria".
  • : Panther voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commercial Arbitration Recognition".
  • : Following new legislation in Panther, governments opposing Panther are beset by rebels.


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