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The Golden Peacelands of Hagston

“Let the Willie Wagtail fly high” Tim Galek

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Laraniem

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Hagston

Population3.491 billion

CapitalLyhnberk
LeaderTim Galek
FaithHagstonian Trust

CurrencyHagstone
AnimalWillie Wagtail

The Golden Peacelands of Hagston is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Tim Galek with a fair hand, and renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, free-roaming dinosaurs, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.491 billion Hagstonians 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 medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lyhnberk. The average income tax rate is 68.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Hagstonian economy, worth 349 trillion Hagstones a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Trout Farming, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 100,161 Hagstones, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children are brainwashed at a young age to accept "love and peace!" as a way of life, traffic cops spend most of their work-hours calculating citizens' monthly income, street preachers spend more time condemning government bureaucracy than passers-by, and divorce lawyers are found begging on the streets. Crime is totally unknown. Hagston's national animal is the Willie Wagtail, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Hagstonian Trust.

Hagston is ranked 11,159th in the world and 1st in Laraniem for Safest, scoring 118.71 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 481stTop
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Most Pacifist: 6,672ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,552ndNicest Citizens: 8,867thBest Weather: 9,037thTop
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Safest: 11,159thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,611thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 11,644thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,942ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,652ndMost Inclusive: 13,403rdHighest Poor Incomes: 13,647thLargest Welfare Programs: 15,096thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,373rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,659thLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,198thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,448thMost Developed: 18,176thHealthiest Citizens: 18,248thSmartest Citizens: 19,352ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 20,565th
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Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionBest Weather: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the region

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