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The Dissociative State of Hardscrabble

“Per mascara ad astra” Dr Norvak Dolokai

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Location: The North Pacific



Population10.41 billion

CapitalSquash Flats
LeaderDr Norvak Dolokai
FaithThe Church Of Charismatic Numismatists

Currencygold florgon
Animalwood shrew

The Dissociative State of Hardscrabble is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Dr Norvak Dolokai with a fair hand, and renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, smutty television, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 10.41 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, with Environment, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Squash Flats. The average income tax rate is 98.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Hardscrabblean economy, worth a remarkable 2,113 trillion gold florgons a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 203,068 gold florgons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

The nation's biggest export is stupidity, footballers are doing aerobics in the sauna to build their hot weather endurance, every workday begins with group therapy, and one tree's worth of paperwork accompanies each imported log of timber. Crime is totally unknown. Hardscrabble's national animal is the wood shrew, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Church Of Charismatic Numismatists.

Hardscrabble is ranked 1,093rd in the world and 71st in The North Pacific for Most Beautiful Environments, with 4,221.5 Pounds Of Wildlife Per Square Mile.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 65thMost Influential: 227thMost Valuable International Artwork: 318thRudest Citizens: 938thMost Compassionate Citizens: 967thNicest Citizens: 1,021stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,025thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,035thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,093rdMost Pacifist: 1,152ndMost Rebellious Youth: 1,301stMost Inclusive: 1,335thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,432ndSmartest Citizens: 1,691stMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,741stLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,790thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,884thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,907thMost Cultured: 2,001stLargest Governments: 2,129thMost Developed: 2,279thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,387thBest Weather: 2,421stTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,480thMost Efficient Economies: 2,501stMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,194thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,043rdMost Subsidized Industry: 4,076thSafest: 4,262ndLargest Welfare Programs: 5,068thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,288thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,630thHighest Average Incomes: 6,371stHighest Poor Incomes: 6,454thHighest Economic Output: 7,755thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,211thHealthiest Citizens: 8,646thNudest: 10,280thMost Secular: 10,284thLowest Crime Rates: 12,239thTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 16,928thHighest Drug Use: 17,472ndMost Politically Free: 18,881stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20,322nd
Most Valuable International Artwork: 40th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 47th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 47th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 51st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 61st in the regionRudest Citizens: 61st in the regionMost Influential: 63rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 67th in the regionNicest Citizens: 70th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 71st in the regionMost Pacifist: 75th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 82nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 86th in the regionMost Inclusive: 91st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 92nd in the regionTop
Smartest Citizens: 96th in the regionMost Cultured: 97th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 104th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 111th in the regionLargest Governments: 112th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 125th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 141st in the regionMost Developed: 142nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 150th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 152nd in the regionBest Weather: 158th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 180th in the regionMost Politically Free: 198th in the regionSafest: 233rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 235th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 237th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 243rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 245th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 248th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 265th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 307th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 322nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 347th in the regionNudest: 357th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 365th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 505th in the regionMost Secular: 519th in the regionLargest Populations: 584th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 644th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 761st in the region

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