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The Democratic Republic of An Hyperbolic Cosine

“The Gateway to the West”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Basket Case
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: Missouri


An Hyperbolic Cosine

Population21.266 billion

Animalraja the elephant

The Democratic Republic of An Hyperbolic Cosine is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, absence of drug laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The democratic population of 21.266 billion Hyperbolic Cosineans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken morass — prioritizes Welfare, with Education and Healthcare also on the agenda. The average income tax rate is 76.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but stagnant Hyperbolic Cosinean economy, worth 224 trillion arches a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Basket Weaving industry, with significant contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Trout Farming, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. Average income is 10,570 arches, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Voting is voluntary and surveillance cameras are banned. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. An Hyperbolic Cosine's national animal is the raja the elephant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

An Hyperbolic Cosine is ranked 128,197th in the world and 6th in Missouri for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 628.95 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Stationary: 1,449thTop
Most Income Equality: 3,872ndLargest Populations: 5,397thMost Influential: 10,347thTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 17,213thLeast Corrupt Governments: 18,514th
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the region

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