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The Republic of Plangainer

“Freedom, Unity, and Prosperity.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Unproven

Location: The North Pacific



Population4.537 billion

LeaderKevin Bradley
FaithCatholic Christianity

CurrencyPlangainerian Dollar
AnimalGolden Jackal

The Republic of Plangainer is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Kevin Bradley with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, otherworldly petting zoo, and national health service. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.537 billion Plangainerians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Folkhul. The average income tax rate is 79.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Plangainerian economy, worth 532 trillion Plangainerian Dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 117,299 Plangainerian Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Primary candidates are replaced if they fail to compliment Kevin Bradley's hair, school lockers are filled with fancy underwear, asking 'does my bum look big in this?' leads to 30 hours of self-esteem classes, and government officials have to mortgage their homes to make ends meet. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Plangainer's national animal is the Golden Jackal, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Catholic Christianity.

Plangainer is ranked 17,603rd in the world and 934th in The North Pacific for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 7,890.17 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,238thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 5,508thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,544thMost Efficient Economies: 7,646thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 8,300thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,483rdBest Weather: 9,225thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,567thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,070thNicest Citizens: 10,089thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,104thMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,233rdMost Developed: 10,844thMost Cultured: 10,895thMost Inclusive: 11,522ndLongest Average Lifespans: 11,581stTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 12,641stLargest Welfare Programs: 13,262ndSmartest Citizens: 13,446thMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,609thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,894thMost Pacifist: 14,911thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,164thHealthiest Citizens: 16,334thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,603rdLargest Governments: 18,518thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,376th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 152nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 334th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 425th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 436th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 458th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 469th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 469th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 477th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 532nd in the regionMost Cultured: 545th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 569th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 577th in the regionNicest Citizens: 582nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 582nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 636th in the regionMost Developed: 638th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 673rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 685th in the regionMost Inclusive: 687th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 721st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 760th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 794th in the regionMost Pacifist: 860th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 897th in the regionLargest Governments: 910th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 934th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 964th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Plangainer's influence in The North Pacific rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Plangainer altered its national flag.
  • : Plangainer applied to join the World Assembly.
  • : Plangainer relocated from Lazarus to The North Pacific.
  • : Following new legislation in Plangainer, government officials have to mortgage their homes to make ends meet.
  • : Following new legislation in Plangainer, asking 'does my bum look big in this?' leads to 30 hours of self-esteem classes.
  • : Following new legislation in Plangainer, school lockers are filled with fancy underwear.
  • : Following new legislation in Plangainer, primary candidates are replaced if they fail to compliment Kevin Bradley's hair.
  • : Plangainer was reclassified from "New York Times Democracy" to "Inoffensive Centrist Democracy".
  • : Following new legislation in Plangainer, parents seeking custody have to write a five-thousand word analysis of their child's imaginary friend.


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