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The United Kingdom of Penguania and Antarctica

“Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: The Confederacy of Free Nations


Penguania and Antarctica

Population9.202 billion

LeaderKing Elijah II

CurrencyPolar Pound
AnimalEmperor Penguin

The United Kingdom of Penguania and Antarctica is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by King Elijah II with a fair hand, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, complete lack of prisons, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.202 billion Penguanians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Icemounton. The average income tax rate is 98.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Penguanian economy, worth a remarkable 1,738 trillion Polar Pounds a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 188,929 Polar Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Monarchs only get custody of the royal crown on holidays and weekends, the nation grinds to a halt for afternoon tea, women give birth underneath so many blankets that the doctor can't feel the bump, and asking what someone does for a living is considered a faux pax for being potentially jobist. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Penguania and Antarctica's national animal is the Emperor Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Polarism.

Penguania and Antarctica is ranked 161,617th in the world and 49th in The Confederacy of Free Nations for Most Devout, with 2.85 Prayers Per Hour.

Largest Welfare Programs: 543rdMost Pacifist: 809thMost Advanced Public Transport: 825thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,015thBest Weather: 1,107thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,120thMost Influential: 1,229thNicest Citizens: 1,284thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,303rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,325thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,333rdHealthiest Citizens: 1,345thMost Inclusive: 1,422ndSafest: 1,490thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,503rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,507thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,586thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 1,705thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,752ndMost Advanced Public Education: 1,757thMost Developed: 1,790thLowest Crime Rates: 1,886thLargest Governments: 1,982ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,191stHighest Poor Incomes: 2,291stMost Cultured: 2,384thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,754thSmartest Citizens: 3,164thMost Efficient Economies: 4,746thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,654thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,953rdHighest Average Incomes: 6,785thHighest Economic Output: 7,396thMost Secular: 7,518thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,665thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,973rdTop
Most Stationary: 12,355thMost Income Equality: 15,313th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the region

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