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The United Kingdom of Penguania and Antarctica

“Cold Country with a Warm Heart” King Elijah II

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: The Confederacy of Free Nations


Penguania and Antarctica

Population10.977 billion

LeaderKing Elijah II

CurrencyPolar Pound
AnimalEmperor Penguin

The United Kingdom of Penguania and Antarctica is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by King Elijah II with a fair hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, free-roaming dinosaurs, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 10.977 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 98.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Penguanian economy, worth a remarkable 2,079 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 189,481 Polar Pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little 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 198,357th in the world and 55th in The Confederacy of Free Nations for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring -8.93 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Largest Welfare Programs: 543rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 800thMost Pacifist: 854thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,003rdBest Weather: 1,083rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,135thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,211thMost Developed: 1,221stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,252ndMost Influential: 1,319thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,325thHealthiest Citizens: 1,380thNicest Citizens: 1,415thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,466thSafest: 1,468thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,481stMost Beautiful Environments: 1,518thMost Inclusive: 1,616thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,674thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,745thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,756thLowest Crime Rates: 1,915thLargest Governments: 1,974thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 2,115thMost Cultured: 2,388thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,838thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,022ndSmartest Citizens: 3,143rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,036thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,941stHighest Economic Output: 7,077thHighest Average Incomes: 7,251stMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,764thMost Secular: 8,997thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,016thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,642ndTop
Most Stationary: 10,886thMost Efficient Economies: 11,028thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,779th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionMost Developed: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the region

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