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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,231stMost Advanced Public Education: 1,331stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,553rd
The Dissociative State of
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Where everyone goes home with a free mattress!
Dr Norvak Dolokai
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Population8.775 billion

CapitalSquash Flats
LeaderDr Norvak Dolokai

Animalwood shrew

The Dissociative State of Hardscrabble is a colossal, genial nation, ruled by Dr Norvak Dolokai with a fair hand, and renowned for its rampant corporate plagiarism, daily referendums, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.775 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 are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Squash Flats. The average income tax rate is 96.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Hardscrabblean economy, worth a remarkable 1,452 trillion florgons a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 165,559 florgons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Inter-species marriages are ignored by the government, private pharmacies close down as medicinal drugs are given away freely by the government, gun-wielding gangsters sometimes deal death from as far as ten paces away, and signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars. 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 2,383rd in the world and 138th in The North Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 97.23 on the Human Development Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 1,231stMost Advanced Public Education: 1,331stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,553rdMost Pacifist: 1,806thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,860thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,881stMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,053rdTop
Nicest Citizens: 2,156thSafest: 2,352ndMost Developed: 2,383rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,501stSmartest Citizens: 2,575thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,794thMost Cultured: 2,942ndMost Inclusive: 2,945thRudest Citizens: 3,579thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,618thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,733rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,946thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,095thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,128thBest Weather: 4,357thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,362ndLargest Governments: 4,370thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,937thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,361stMost Efficient Economies: 5,442ndMost Subsidized Industry: 5,659thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,590thNudest: 9,157thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 10,463rdHighest Economic Output: 10,984thHealthiest Citizens: 11,502ndMost Secular: 13,664thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15,760thMost Politically Free: 15,798thLowest Crime Rates: 17,239thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 18,947th
Most Advanced Public Education: 58th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 68th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 70th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 74th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 106th in the regionMost Pacifist: 120th in the regionSafest: 125th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 130th in the regionNicest Citizens: 137th in the regionMost Developed: 138th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 138th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 138th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 142nd in the regionMost Cultured: 143rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 149th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 177th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 182nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 189th in the regionMost Inclusive: 196th in the regionRudest Citizens: 198th in the regionLargest Governments: 222nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 238th in the regionBest Weather: 245th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 262nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 266th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 305th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 306th in the regionMost Politically Free: 310th in the regionNudest: 340th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 345th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 387th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 443rd in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 489th in the regionLargest Populations: 545th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 614th in the regionMost Secular: 743rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 758th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 839th in the region

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