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The Flying Saucer of ThePlace


Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: the Rejected Realms



Population5.98 billion

FaithPassive Aggression


The Flying Saucer of ThePlace is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Hoomin with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, pith helmet sales, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 5.98 billion Wisconsinians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 67.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Wisconsinian economy, worth 619 trillion buckets a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Retail, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 103,542 buckets, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Corporate lawyers are joyfully combing through the new tax code for any new loopholes for their clients, gaping tourists take long-distance photos of diseased natives on "indigenous peoples" safari tours, the Wisconsinian Intelligence Agency relies on internet search engines to know what is happening overseas, and Hoomin's webseries about the alleged hauntings of ThePlace City generates millions of views. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. ThePlace's national animal is the Cow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Passive Aggression.

ThePlace is ranked 215,004th in the world and 6,134th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -11.58 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 2,787thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,023rdMost Influential: 4,178thBest Weather: 5,650thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,431stMost Inclusive: 7,931stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,011thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9,578thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,524thRudest Citizens: 10,575thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,677thTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 12,368thMost Developed: 12,607thMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,793rdMost Cultured: 12,799thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,614thMost Efficient Economies: 14,559thLargest Retail Industry: 14,965thSmartest Citizens: 16,910thLargest Welfare Programs: 17,127thNicest Citizens: 17,167thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,783rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 18,804thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,859thMost Scientifically Advanced: 20,669thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,784thMost Pacifist: 21,686th
Most Influential: 35th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 36th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 69th in the regionBest Weather: 145th in the regionMost Inclusive: 162nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 172nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 216th in the regionRudest Citizens: 218th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 218th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 239th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 259th in the regionMost Developed: 262nd in the regionMost Cultured: 268th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 268th in the regionNicest Citizens: 280th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 301st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 318th in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 350th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 373rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 418th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 419th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 421st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 427th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 427th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 429th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 471st in the regionMost Pacifist: 473rd in the regionMost Stationary: 520th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 543rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 549th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 562nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 613th in the region

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