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The Puddle of Socialist Platypus

“Peace and Equality”

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

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Conch Kingdom


Socialist Platypus

Population1.782 billion

LeaderRobert Plater


The Puddle of Socialist Platypus is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Robert Plater with an even hand, and remarkable for its punitive income tax rates, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 1.782 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 Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Typus. The average income tax rate is 97.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Socialist Platypusian economy, worth 230 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 highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 129,457 Rovas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars, women who walk into the ladies' changing room are accused of being Peeping Toms, families are left homeless as entire suburbs are bulldozed on the whim of tribal chiefs, and onions have been banned due to their tendency to cause eye irritation. 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 2,313th in the world and 5th in Conch Kingdom for Least Corrupt Governments, with 96.1 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

Most Secular: 718thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 745thMost Pacifist: 1,187thSafest: 1,623rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,791stMost Influential: 1,837thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,965thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,128thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,176thBest Weather: 2,221stLargest Welfare Programs: 2,237thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,267thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,313thNicest Citizens: 2,317thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,512thHealthiest Citizens: 2,685thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,717thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,842ndMost Inclusive: 2,869thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,373rdMost Beautiful Environments: 3,459thMost Developed: 4,004thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,793rdLargest Governments: 5,105thLowest Crime Rates: 5,242ndSmartest Citizens: 6,743rdHighest Poor Incomes: 7,606thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,688thMost Cultured: 7,820thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,907thTop
Most Income Equality: 12,619thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,322ndLargest Publishing Industry: 15,387thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,431stMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,809thMost Efficient Economies: 18,391stHighest Average Incomes: 19,947thMost Cheerful Citizens: 22,559th
Most Secular: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionTop
Nicest Citizens: 5th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Inclusive: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 9th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Cultured: 17th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 18th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 19th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 21st in the regionMost Income Equality: 22nd in the regionTop
Most Influential: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 24th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 40th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 40th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 44th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 46th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 47th in the region

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