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The Congrats Delegoose of Pledonia

“haha grape”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific

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Pledonia

Population1.54 billion

CapitalByta
LeaderLukas Gronseth

CurrencyDucal
AnimalDove

The Congrats Delegoose of Pledonia is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Lukas Gronseth with a fair hand, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.54 billion Pledonians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Byta. The average income tax rate is 68.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Pledonian economy, worth 118 trillion Ducals a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Cheese Exports, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 76,704 Ducals, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

There's no cure or sympathy for the common cold, the government pours millions of Ducals into rehabilitation programs annually, hospitals fear government fines more than terrorist ransoms, and edutainment video games are taking Pledonia's students to the next level. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Pledonia's national animal is the Dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Pledonia is ranked 179,653rd in the world and 3,441st in The East Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 51.0 billion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,496thMost Influential: 4,621stTop
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Best Weather: 14,833rdLargest Welfare Programs: 14,988thMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,177thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 15,321stNicest Citizens: 15,727thMost Beautiful Environments: 17,466thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,368thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19,947thMost Inclusive: 20,044thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,766thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,852ndMost Politically Free: 22,031stLowest Crime Rates: 24,025th
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Most Politically Free: 290th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 310th in the regionMost Influential: 348th in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 449th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 463rd in the regionBest Weather: 480th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 508th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 523rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 533rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 558th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 609th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 664th in the regionMost Inclusive: 698th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 707th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 733rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 736th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 750th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 808th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 825th in the regionSafest: 835th in the region

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