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The Most Serene Republic of PEPEP

“In Donie we trust.”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Widely Abused

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the South Pacific



Population5.814 billion

CapitalGrobie Junction
LeaderGreat Donie


The Most Serene Republic of PEPEP is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Great Donie with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 5.814 billion PEPEPians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Grobie Junction. The average income tax rate is 93.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient PEPEPian economy, worth a remarkable 1,156 trillion Staffords a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 198,969 Staffords, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Billions of Staffords are spent to take high-quality photos of the Snozzcumber Nebula, politicians tend to jump ship to whichever party is currently leading in the polls, an aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time, and much of PEPEP's computer network is controlled by a rampant artificial intelligence. Crime is totally unknown. PEPEP's national animal is the Snozzcumber, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

PEPEP is ranked 1,278th in the world and 110th in the South Pacific for Most Influential, scoring 60,667 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 844thMost Influential: 1,278thMost Inclusive: 1,370thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,417thTop
Highest Drug Use: 1,549thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,665thNicest Citizens: 1,667thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,953rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,150thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,571stMost Pacifist: 2,591stRudest Citizens: 2,681stLongest Average Lifespans: 2,762ndLargest Publishing Industry: 2,877thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,975thMost Cultured: 3,187thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,319thMost Developed: 3,698thLeast Corrupt Governments: 3,701stMost Beautiful Environments: 3,714thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,864thSmartest Citizens: 4,411thLargest Governments: 4,683rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,804thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4,807thSafest: 5,173rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,285thBest Weather: 5,301stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 5,436thMost Politically Free: 5,463rdMost Advanced Public Education: 5,474thHighest Average Incomes: 5,729thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,106thNudest: 6,142ndMost Efficient Economies: 6,964thLargest Retail Industry: 7,323rdTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,819thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 8,251stLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,645thHealthiest Citizens: 10,416thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,741stHighest Economic Output: 12,032ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 12,187thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,830thMost Stationary: 13,853rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 13,918th
Highest Drug Use: 18th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 45th in the regionMost Inclusive: 47th in the regionNicest Citizens: 48th in the regionMost Politically Free: 48th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 48th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 52nd in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 58th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 59th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 65th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 69th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 75th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 79th in the regionMost Cultured: 88th in the regionRudest Citizens: 88th in the regionMost Pacifist: 91st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 92nd in the regionLargest Governments: 107th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 108th in the regionMost Influential: 110th in the regionMost Developed: 118th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 121st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 125th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 129th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 134th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 134th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 135th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 136th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 143rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 143rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 148th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 149th in the regionNudest: 162nd in the regionSafest: 163rd in the regionBest Weather: 165th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 199th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 208th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 216th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 279th in the regionMost Stationary: 280th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 308th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 311th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 332nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 378th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 406th in the regionLargest Populations: 416th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 553rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in PEPEP, much of PEPEP's computer network is controlled by a rampant artificial intelligence.
  • : Following new legislation in PEPEP, an aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time.
  • : Following new legislation in PEPEP, politicians tend to jump ship to whichever party is currently leading in the polls.
  • : Following new legislation in PEPEP, billions of Staffords are spent to take high-quality photos of the Snozzcumber Nebula.
  • : PEPEP was endorsed by The Empire of Senwasia.
  • : Following new legislation in PEPEP, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal.
  • : Following new legislation in PEPEP, students are wary of colorfully decorated new teachers with names like Professor Pipsqueak.
  • : Following new legislation in PEPEP, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park.
  • : Following new legislation in PEPEP, tradesmen will knock 10% off their fees if customers pay cash.
  • : PEPEP was endorsed by The Democratic Republic of Aberforthton.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 164 » Drugged Monkeys, Seliyan progressive Islands, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Quiescent, Bear Connors Paradiso, Sandaoguo, Tsunamy, The Solar System Scope, Theorin, Ancient Slobovia, Transtemporal Shifts, Farengeto, Kringalia, Luddinlande, Belschaft, Techganet, Kiasu-ism, Darakin, FreeFishers, Curlyhoward, Soem, Bergenu, Phillius, Outer Utonixick Gollinican, The Two Jerseys, GI-Land, Pamela And Hepatitis, Yellunstryer, WTP All the good names are taken, Abarri, Gymnostan, Sagada, Kholdan, Erinor, Auphelia, Oxsania, Moreana, Si-topia, Linguiniland, Lambdaland, Nowa Europa, South Caleblan, Hanguk-Nippon, Tsvetania, Aidenfieeld, Vincent Field, Nothanksbutseriously, Center Lisle, Wyatonians, Aywhyou, and 114 others.La Ascension, Escevola, Volaworand, Paranoia, Sedunn, Jehenna, Ridehale, Pax Dracon, Poopisiya, Lotadia, Cypheri, Nankyoku Tairiku, Calistan, Freedwanda, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, The United Expanse, City States Nation, Nova Montron, Rebel-topia, Rhetiaa, Fighting Kawi Ninja, Concrete Slab, Farelonia, Madhonia, Dankstergrad, Noire Denholm, Holy Chimerland, Walloonia, The naked people, Japanese Federal Republic, New Briantown, Jaxon, Saciu, Great Andora, Catalunya Unida, Aumeltopia, Beepee, The Derpy Democratic Republic Of Herp, Elveka, UnShleepd, Silberne Wache, The National Corporation, Aguatania, Shengtie, USNE2018, Isokenzar, Anachronolandia, Kerlodia, Xandev, Lorora3, Rabbitz, Kandorith, Darbor, The Libertarian Nation of Songrandine, Qvait, Janapuri, Antarctic Empires, Uncomfortable nooks and crannies, Utondara, Paenoa, North Kanuckistan, Birdkeeper, The Filippinas, Akindom, Land Without Shrimp, North Prarie, Stoniamera, Jahass, Wehraboos, Academy of Umbrellas, Ostanasia, North Catimestistrianes, Choodox, Revanial, Dasko, Crystal Creation, Spearos, Mew Nation, Changolandia, Churumduul, Federated Kingdoms of Brittania, Milvands, Novagentum, A Frog Dimension, New Juan Carlos Land, Agalaesia, Aveerya, Maeiland, Amerion, Wild Space, Staubsaugen, PenguinPies, Great Africans, P R of China, Oceanfront, Phanama, World United, United Federated States of Omega, Westoc Kinness, Zaelith, Qawe, Aurcania, The Sk8ing Unicorn, BootJack, Jennaterra, Kuddles, Drystar, South Whitica, Ketathinamiri Islands, Imperial Duck, Solega, Higash, Aberforthton, and Senwasia.

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