by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Public Education: 1,437th Most Developed: 1,617th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,742nd
The Dissociative State of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Where everyone goes home with a free mattress!
Dr Norvak Dolokai
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Population6.987 billion

CapitalSquash Flats
LeaderDr Norvak Dolokai

Animalwood shrew

The Dissociative State of Hardscrabble is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Dr Norvak Dolokai with a fair hand, and remarkable for its national health service, complete lack of prisons, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, democratic population of 6.987 billion Hardscrabbleans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, liberal, outspoken government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Administration, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Squash Flats. The average income tax rate is 95.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Hardscrabblean economy, worth a remarkable 1,109 trillion florgons a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 158,773 florgons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Confessions don't count if suffixed with "izzle", there's more vermin than ever on the metro, on-duty Air Hardscrabble flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class, and the national guard is mobilized whenever a mother gets separated from her child at the mall. Crime is totally unknown. Hardscrabble's national animal is the wood shrew, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hardscrabble is ranked 1,776th in the world and 18th in the Rejected Realms for Highest Drug Use, scoring 117.8 on the Pineapple Fondness Rating.

Most Advanced Public Education: 1,437thTop
Most Developed: 1,617thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,742ndHighest Drug Use: 1,776thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,806thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,020thMost Influential: 2,062ndMost Rebellious Youth: 2,132ndMost Beautiful Environments: 2,212thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,270thNicest Citizens: 2,395thMost Pacifist: 2,566thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,586thSmartest Citizens: 2,768thSafest: 2,862ndMost Efficient Economies: 2,875thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,974thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,030thMost Inclusive: 3,189thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,461stRudest Citizens: 3,526thMost Cultured: 3,755thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,973rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,215thBest Weather: 4,516thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,608thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,609thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,927thLargest Governments: 5,126thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,731stNudest: 6,411thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6,450thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,547thTop
Most Politically Free: 8,892ndHighest Average Incomes: 10,719thHealthiest Citizens: 11,000thMost Secular: 12,715thHighest Economic Output: 12,849th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 10th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 39th in the regionMost Developed: 45th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 49th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 56th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 57th in the regionMost Pacifist: 61st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 62nd in the regionSafest: 62nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 62nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 64th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 66th in the regionNicest Citizens: 68th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 69th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 70th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 77th in the regionMost Inclusive: 81st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 83rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 88th in the regionMost Cultured: 90th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 96th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 101st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 104th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 106th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 115th in the regionLargest Governments: 123rd in the regionBest Weather: 123rd in the regionNudest: 135th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 159th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 181st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 193rd in the regionMost Stationary: 229th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 255th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 261st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 292nd in the regionMost Secular: 322nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 346th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 408th in the region

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