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The Pirates Cove of Piedra Negra

“You fight like a cow.” Guybrush Threepwood

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Antarctica

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Piedra Negra

Population38.149 billion

CapitalMelee Island
LeaderGuybrush Threepwood
FaithScallywag

CurrencyStan
AnimalGhost Pirate Lechuck

The Pirates Cove of Piedra Negra is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Guybrush Threepwood with an even hand, and renowned for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, public floggings, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 38.149 billion Tri-Island area inhabitants are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Melee Island. The average income tax rate is 83.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Monkey Islander economy, worth a remarkable 8,829 trillion Stans a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Furniture Restoration, and Arms Manufacturing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 231,437 Stans, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation is known abroad for fast food and nothing else, the nation's air force consists of strongly-worded letters folded into paper airplanes, commuters are denied boarding for attempting to bring packed lunches onto trains, and battlefield gains are quickly lost when enemies don't respect a time-out. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Piedra Negra's national animal is the Ghost Pirate Lechuck, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Scallywag.

Piedra Negra is ranked 262,576th in the world and 38th in Antarctica for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -17.17 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 121stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 427thBest Weather: 534thLargest Black Market: 579thMost Beautiful Environments: 683rdMost Stationary: 698thHighest Economic Output: 833rdMost Developed: 1,022ndHealthiest Citizens: 1,086thLargest Populations: 1,100thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,165thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,198thMost Secular: 1,889thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,000thMost Influential: 2,152ndSmartest Citizens: 2,223rdTop
5%
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,859thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,898thLowest Crime Rates: 3,294thHighest Food Quality: 3,441stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,485thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,684thMost Inclusive: 4,744thHighest Average Incomes: 5,001stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,330thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,903rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,619thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,075thMost Efficient Economies: 10,111thLargest Governments: 10,223rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,344thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,902ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,157thTop
10%
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,934thLargest Publishing Industry: 21,460thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22,807thMost Income Equality: 22,909th
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Most Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionMost Secular: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Piedra Negra was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Following new legislation in Piedra Negra, battlefield gains are quickly lost when enemies don't respect a time-out.
  • : Piedra Negra voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protections During Territorial Transitions".
  • : Following new legislation in Piedra Negra, commuters are denied boarding for attempting to bring packed lunches onto trains.
  • : Following new legislation in Piedra Negra, the nation's air force consists of strongly-worded letters folded into paper airplanes.
  • : Piedra Negra voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend The Voice of ARB".
  • : Following new legislation in Piedra Negra, the nation is known abroad for fast food and nothing else.
  • : Piedra Negra was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Piedra Negra, children who can't memorize their multiplication tables are sent to the mines.
  • : Piedra Negra was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.

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World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 6 » The Voltarum, Hobbitat, Mercobia, Xmara, Turis, and Mancharazen-wa.

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