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The Dissociative State of Hardscrabble

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

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population9.234 billion

CapitalSquash Flats
LeaderDr Norvak Dolokai

Animalwood shrew

The Dissociative State of Hardscrabble is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Dr Norvak Dolokai with a fair hand, and renowned for its smutty television, complete lack of prisons, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 9.234 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, although Environment, Administration, and Healthcare are also considered important, 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 96.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Hardscrabblean economy, worth a remarkable 1,622 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 175,661 florgons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss, taxpayer-funded government ads are promoting Brancaland as a premier filming location, it is mandatory to learn evolution in schools, and feuilletons can only be deciphered with a Galliennais dictionary. 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 220,733rd in the world and 9,912th in The North Pacific for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -14.48 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 96thMost Valuable International Artwork: 667thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,283rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,418thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,514thMost Influential: 1,518thMost Pacifist: 1,546thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,614thNicest Citizens: 1,738thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,763rdRudest Citizens: 1,853rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,898thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,073rdMost Inclusive: 2,143rdTop
Smartest Citizens: 2,267thMost Developed: 2,379thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,382ndMost Cultured: 2,703rdSafest: 2,786thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,220thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,376thBest Weather: 3,464thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,575thMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,677thLargest Governments: 3,848thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,031stLargest Publishing Industry: 4,405thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,264thMost Efficient Economies: 6,630thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,065thMost Secular: 7,723rdHighest Average Incomes: 9,026thNudest: 9,832ndHighest Economic Output: 9,873rdMost Subsidized Industry: 10,435thHealthiest Citizens: 10,477thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 15,690thLowest Crime Rates: 16,979thMost Politically Free: 17,234thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 18,187thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 19,273rd
Most Advanced Public Education: 58th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 69th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 69th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 82nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 89th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 97th in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 104th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 111th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 112th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 116th in the regionNicest Citizens: 117th in the regionRudest Citizens: 119th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 130th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 131st in the regionMost Cultured: 137th in the regionMost Inclusive: 138th in the regionMost Developed: 139th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 152nd in the regionSafest: 165th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 172nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 183rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 203rd in the regionLargest Governments: 204th in the regionBest Weather: 208th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 212th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 219th in the regionMost Politically Free: 226th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 312th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 355th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 355th in the regionNudest: 369th in the regionMost Secular: 404th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 413th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 439th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 448th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 529th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 530th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 573rd in the regionMost Influential: 609th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 753rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 795th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 868th in the region

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