by Max Barry

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The Free Land of Hedonistica

“To bring pleasure to all for eternity”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The East Pacific



Population156 million


The Free Land of Hedonistica is a very large, genial nation, remarkable for its public floggings, irreverence towards religion, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate population of 156 million Hedonisticans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 25.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Hedonistican economy, worth 11.8 trillion Spirits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 75,843 Spirits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Voting is compulsory, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss, the comic book series 'Leader and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller, and advertisements read like science journal articles complete with extensive references. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Hedonistica's national animal is the Bonobo, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hedonistica is ranked 38,088th in the world and 1,115th in The East Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 126.39 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,325thTop
Least Corrupt Governments: 9,663rdMost Influential: 10,732ndHighest Drug Use: 14,253rdNicest Citizens: 15,234thMost Cheerful Citizens: 15,865thMost Compassionate Citizens: 16,363rd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 227th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 310th in the regionTop
Highest Drug Use: 385th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 462nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 469th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 513th in the regionMost Secular: 531st in the regionMost Influential: 579th in the regionMost Inclusive: 626th in the regionNudest: 695th in the region

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