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The Queen Protector of PenguinPies

“Penguins are good. Pies are better. Both are amazing!”

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific



Population11.913 billion

CapitalPenguinPies City
LeaderQueen Princess Lady of TSP


The Queen Protector of PenguinPies is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Queen Princess Lady of TSP with an iron fist, and renowned for its compulsory military service, strictly enforced bedtime, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.913 billion PenguinPiesians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, well-organized government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Environment, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of PenguinPies City. The average income tax rate is 91.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The PenguinPiesian economy, worth 838 trillion Oreos a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, extremely specialized black market in Cheese Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 70,425 Oreos, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Frustrated teenage boys are told that if they like it then they should have put a ring on it, the police strictly enforce off-limit zones for tourists, state officials tend to disappear after they forget to salute Queen Princess Lady of TSP's portrait, and the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. PenguinPies's national animal is the Hippo, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is PIE.

PenguinPies is ranked 17,042nd in the world and 282nd in the South Pacific for Highest Economic Output, with 838 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 740thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,933rdLargest Black Market: 2,496thMost Influential: 3,078thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,410thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,844thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,569thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,450thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,893rdBest Weather: 7,479thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,757thLargest Welfare Programs: 9,292ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,724thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,419thMost Devout: 10,820thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,398thMost Authoritarian: 14,644th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 35th in the regionLargest Black Market: 46th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 114th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 119th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 119th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 132nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 164th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 175th in the regionLargest Populations: 180th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 190th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 204th in the regionBest Weather: 244th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 269th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 282nd in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 315th in the regionMost Devout: 339th in the regionMost Influential: 340th in the regionLargest Governments: 414th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 422nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 477th in the regionMost Cultured: 489th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 540th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 545th in the region

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