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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 96thMost Valuable International Artwork: 675thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,302nd
The Dissociative State of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Where everyone goes home with a free mattress!
Dr Norvak Dolokai
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
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Political Freedom
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Hardscrabble

Population9.222 billion

CapitalSquash Flats
LeaderDr Norvak Dolokai

Currencyflorgon
Animalwood shrew

The Dissociative State of Hardscrabble is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Dr Norvak Dolokai with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, absence of drug laws, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 9.222 billion Hardscrabblers 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, with Environment, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, 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 96.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Hardscrabblean economy, worth a remarkable 1,619 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 175,572 florgons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Interest in globalism never flags, the education system is being cleansed of all corporate influence, violently opinionated speakers can be heard preaching their hateful views on every street corner, and stone wrist watches that weigh 20lb are the latest trend. 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 217,888th in the world and 9,828th in The North Pacific for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring -14.28 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 96thMost Valuable International Artwork: 675thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,302ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,413thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,515thMost Pacifist: 1,548thMost Influential: 1,558thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,611thNicest Citizens: 1,739thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,764thRudest Citizens: 1,871stLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,903rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,069thMost Inclusive: 2,149thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 2,284thMost Developed: 2,377thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,389thMost Cultured: 2,674thSafest: 2,785thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,272ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,381stBest Weather: 3,431stMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,606thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,679thLargest Governments: 3,854thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,029thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,392ndHighest Poor Incomes: 6,201stMost Efficient Economies: 6,931stLongest Average Lifespans: 7,057thMost Secular: 8,076thHighest Average Incomes: 9,022ndNudest: 9,785thHighest Economic Output: 9,879thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,399thHealthiest Citizens: 10,472ndTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 15,751stLowest Crime Rates: 17,095thMost Politically Free: 17,147thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 18,158thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 19,038th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 57th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 68th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 68th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 82nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 88th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 98th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 103rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 111th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 111th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 114th in the regionNicest Citizens: 116th in the regionRudest Citizens: 123rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 130th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 131st in the regionMost Cultured: 136th in the regionMost Inclusive: 137th in the regionMost Developed: 139th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 151st in the regionSafest: 162nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 170th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 180th in the regionLargest Governments: 202nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 205th in the regionBest Weather: 205th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 212th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 224th in the regionMost Politically Free: 224th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 315th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 350th in the regionNudest: 364th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 373rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 413th in the regionMost Secular: 425th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 440th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 441st in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 532nd in the regionLargest Populations: 533rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 575th in the regionMost Influential: 617th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 749th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 772nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 867th in the region

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