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The Scientific Utopia of Republic of Penguinian Astronautia

“Onwards, to the Final Frontier”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
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Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: The Region That Has No Big Banks


Republic of Penguinian Astronautia

Population6.103 billion

LeaderPresident John H Glenn

CurrencyUnified Credit
AnimalBottlenose Dolphin

The Scientific Utopia of Republic of Penguinian Astronautia is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by President John H Glenn with a fair hand, and remarkable for its parental licensing program, unlimited-speed roads, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 6.103 billion Republic of Penguinian Astronautians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Industry, Environment, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Trantor. The average income tax rate is 97.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Republic of Penguinian Astronautian economy, worth a remarkable 1,174 trillion Unified Credits a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 192,375 Unified Credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Spontaneous nocturnal decapitation is considered 'death by natural causes' for enemies of Republic of Penguinian Astronautia, construction of the Really Big Hadron Collider is underway, money always talks but the taboo subject of death just brings silence, and religious households enthusiastically use whips in private. Crime is totally unknown. Republic of Penguinian Astronautia's national animal is the Bottlenose Dolphin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Scientology.

Republic of Penguinian Astronautia is ranked 148,214th in the world and 45th in The Region That Has No Big Banks for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -533.83 on the Hayek Index.

Most Inclusive: 994thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,224thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,383rdMost Developed: 1,435thTop
Nicest Citizens: 1,530thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,587thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,627thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,670thMost Cultured: 2,055thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,066thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,092ndLargest Welfare Programs: 2,288thSmartest Citizens: 2,317thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,434thHealthiest Citizens: 2,512thMost Pacifist: 2,668thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,731stHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,837thMost Influential: 2,894thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,894thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,027thLargest Governments: 3,186thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,315thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,518thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,579thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,656thSafest: 3,720thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,872ndLowest Crime Rates: 4,032ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,402ndBest Weather: 5,435thHighest Average Incomes: 6,268thMost Efficient Economies: 6,640thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,803rdTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 8,332ndMost Secular: 11,558thHighest Economic Output: 11,868thMost Stationary: 13,117th
Most Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 4th in the regionMost Stationary: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the region

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