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The Dissociative State of Hardscrabble

“Where everyone goes home with a free mattress!” Dr Norvak Dolokai

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Excessive
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Hardscrabble

Population7.172 billion

CapitalSquash Flats
LeaderDr Norvak Dolokai

Currencyflorgon
Animalwood shrew

The Dissociative State of Hardscrabble is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Dr Norvak Dolokai with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and national health service. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.172 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, with Environment, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Squash Flats. The average income tax rate is 95.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Hardscrabblean economy, worth a remarkable 1,141 trillion florgons a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 159,122 florgons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Animal liberationists receive government funding to break into animal research labs, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days, edutainment video games are taking Hardscrabble's students to the next level, and the countryside is shrouded by wind farms. 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 9,055th in the world and 279th in the Rejected Realms for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 86.21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Most Advanced Public Education: 1,420thMost Developed: 1,593rdTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,727thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,796thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,894thMost Influential: 2,092ndMost Beautiful Environments: 2,116thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,119thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,149thNicest Citizens: 2,270thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,476thMost Pacifist: 2,518thSmartest Citizens: 2,727thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,867thMost Efficient Economies: 2,870thSafest: 2,885thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,012thMost Inclusive: 3,079thRudest Citizens: 3,482ndMost Cultured: 3,547thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,575thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,813thMost Cheerful Citizens: 4,182ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,194thBest Weather: 4,324thLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,553rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,841stLargest Governments: 5,089thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,840thNudest: 6,669thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,589thTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 9,055thMost Politically Free: 9,555thHealthiest Citizens: 10,113thHighest Average Incomes: 10,746thHighest Economic Output: 12,518thMost Secular: 12,717th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 38th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 43rd in the regionMost Developed: 43rd in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 51st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 55th in the regionMost Pacifist: 56th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 58th in the regionNicest Citizens: 60th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 60th in the regionSafest: 60th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 62nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 63rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 66th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 71st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 73rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 73rd in the regionMost Cultured: 80th in the regionRudest Citizens: 81st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 83rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 91st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 93rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 103rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 104th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 109th in the regionBest Weather: 116th in the regionLargest Governments: 121st in the regionNudest: 138th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 160th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 187th in the regionMost Stationary: 222nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 237th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 252nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 279th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 285th in the regionMost Secular: 313th in the regionMost Politically Free: 318th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 404th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hardscrabble, the countryside is shrouded by wind farms.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardscrabble, edutainment video games are taking Hardscrabble's students to the next level.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardscrabble, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardscrabble, animal liberationists receive government funding to break into animal research labs.
  • : Hardscrabble endorsed The Crown Colony of New Wight.
  • : Hardscrabble was endorsed by The Crown Colony of New Wight.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardscrabble, rebuilding efforts for a recently destroyed cathedral aren't expected to be completed for another century.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardscrabble, passengers often cause a stink on public transport.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardscrabble, the government has spent days debating the merits of a petition calling for a ban on sporks.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardscrabble, international tensions are high as Hardscrabble threatens any government with the audacity to arrest its citizens.

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