by Max Barry

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Safest: 6,808thMost Pacifist: 7,358thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,092nd
The Protectorate of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
For Hope guides the way
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Hopal II

Population448 million



The Protectorate of Hopal II is a huge, genial nation, remarkable for its prohibition of alcohol, ban on automobiles, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 448 million Hopalians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hopton. The average income tax rate is 75.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Hopalian economy, worth 19.8 trillion Tongs a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 44,223 Tongs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Swarms of present-laden delivery drones blot out the sun before major holidays, country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized, psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Leader to meetings with foreign heads of state, and citizens are frequently searched for illegal weapons. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hopal II's national animal is the Elephant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hopal II is ranked 200,007th in the world and 241st in Thalassia for Fattest Citizens, with 5.46 Obesity Rate.

Safest: 6,808thMost Pacifist: 7,358thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,092ndTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,550thBest Weather: 17,348thMost Compassionate Citizens: 17,354thLeast Corrupt Governments: 18,016thNicest Citizens: 18,611thMost Inclusive: 18,992ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,232nd
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12th in the regionTop
Safest: 17th in the regionMost Pacifist: 22nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 23rd in the region

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