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The Calmari Collective Creations of Squid Ruinosa

“Feel free to worship me anytime.” The Beakest

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

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The East Pacific


Squid Ruinosa

Population17.873 billion

CapitalGreater moon spire
LeaderThe Beakest

Currencypointy Beak
AnimalLesser Squiden

The Calmari Collective Creations of Squid Ruinosa is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by The Beakest with an even hand, and notable for its smutty television, national health service, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, devout population of 17.873 billion Squod 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, corrupt, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Greater moon spire. The average income tax rate is 98.3%.

The thriving Squinem economy, worth a remarkable 2,367 trillion pointy Beaks 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 Arms Manufacturing and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 132,446 pointy Beaks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Serial commas clarify the relationship between one's lackeys, the taxpayers, and kinsfolk, the endangered saltwater humpback Lesser Squiden is only seen in captivity programs, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, and nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Squid Ruinosa's national animal is the Lesser Squiden, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Octodox.

Squid Ruinosa is ranked 2,902nd in the world and 61st in The East Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 8,010.57 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 790thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 938thMost Influential: 1,100thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,807thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,948thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,536thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,560thLargest Governments: 2,871stLargest Welfare Programs: 2,902ndLowest Crime Rates: 3,684thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,790thHighest Economic Output: 4,845thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,184thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,613thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,621stMost Beautiful Environments: 5,772ndHighest Poor Incomes: 6,665thLargest Populations: 6,718thTop
Safest: 7,942ndMost Cultured: 7,951stLongest Average Lifespans: 8,511thSmartest Citizens: 9,537thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,808thMost Stationary: 10,063rdHealthiest Citizens: 10,076thBest Weather: 10,323rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,703rdMost Corrupt Governments: 12,558thMost Pacifist: 13,348thMost Income Equality: 15,349th
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 20th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 34th in the regionMost Influential: 46th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 51st in the regionLargest Populations: 53rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 54th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 54th in the regionLargest Governments: 59th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 61st in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 70th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 73rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 84th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 103rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 143rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 147th in the regionMost Stationary: 157th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 166th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 177th in the regionMost Cultured: 196th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 210th in the regionSafest: 227th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 239th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 248th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 265th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 271st in the regionBest Weather: 289th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 307th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 395th in the regionMost Pacifist: 423rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 502nd in the regionMost Developed: 511th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 608th in the region

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