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The Puddle of Socialist Platypus

“Peace and Equality”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Handshaker

Location: Conch Kingdom


Socialist Platypus

Population4.496 billion

LeaderRobert Plater


The Puddle of Socialist Platypus is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Robert Plater with an even hand, and renowned for its parental licensing program, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 4.496 billion Platypusians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Typus. The average income tax rate is 98.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Socialist Platypusian economy, worth 644 trillion Rovas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 143,288 Rovas, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, students learn how to disarm mines before understanding basic arithmetic, attendance of fathers at PTA meetings is at an all-time high, and Socialist Platypusian tourists are encouraged to hand out spare condoms to locals while on vacation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Socialist Platypus's national animal is the Platypus, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Pastafarism.

Socialist Platypus is ranked 272,757th in the world and 637th in Conch Kingdom for Most Patriotic, with 0.32 flags saluted per person per day.

Most Influential: 300thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 612thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 741stMost Secular: 808thMost Pacifist: 1,204thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,281stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,437thSafest: 1,459thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,645thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,668thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,731stBest Weather: 1,764thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,929thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,107thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,137thNicest Citizens: 2,182ndHealthiest Citizens: 2,187thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,487thMost Inclusive: 2,605thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,644thTop
Highest Food Quality: 3,126thMost Developed: 3,353rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,635thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,893rdLargest Governments: 4,161stLowest Crime Rates: 4,364thSmartest Citizens: 5,618thMost Cultured: 6,264thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,823rdHighest Poor Incomes: 8,720thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,059thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,125thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,326thTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,935thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,845thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,086thMost Efficient Economies: 16,786thHighest Average Incomes: 17,015th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Inclusive: 6th in the regionNicest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 6th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 8th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionMost Cultured: 15th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 16th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 20th in the regionMost Stationary: 23rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 28th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 30th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 44th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 44th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 56th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 56th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 58th in the regionLargest Populations: 58th in the region

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