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The Dominion of Hopefulls

“Liberty & Religious”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Hopefulls

Population832 million

CurrencyTalia
AnimalDove

The Dominion of Hopefulls is a huge, genial nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory military service, and absence of drug laws. The hard-working, democratic population of 832 million Hopefullsians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The tiny, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Defense, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 7.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Hopefullsian economy, worth 47.9 trillion Talias a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Soda Sales, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is 57,596 Talias, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Prison walls have had to be modified to keep parkour-trained criminals from escaping, Mr Happy's Funland has just been named Hopefulls's new capital, internet moderators work overtime to remove memes comparing Leader to cartoon bears, and a tax exemption has created a new hunger for octogenarian millionaires dating women 60 years their younger. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Hopefulls's national animal is the Dove, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Hopefulls is ranked 57,421st in the world and 1,477th in the Rejected Realms for Highest Poor Incomes, with 33,894.71 Standard Monetary Units.

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10%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 12,096thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,791stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 20,250thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 21,656th
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 252nd in the regionTop
10%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 376th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 417th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 521st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 600th in the regionFattest Citizens: 601st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Hopefulls was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Hopefulls's influence in The Rejected Realms rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Following new legislation in Hopefulls, a tax exemption has created a new hunger for octogenarian millionaires dating women 60 years their younger.
  • : Following new legislation in Hopefulls, internet moderators work overtime to remove memes comparing Leader to cartoon bears.
  • : Following new legislation in Hopefulls, Mr Happy's Funland has just been named Hopefulls's new capital.
  • : Following new legislation in Hopefulls, prison walls have had to be modified to keep parkour-trained criminals from escaping.
  • : Following new legislation in Hopefulls, country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized.
  • : Hopefulls's influence in The Rejected Realms fell from "Nipper" to "Newcomer".
  • : Hopefulls's influence in The Rejected Realms rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Following new legislation in Hopefulls, a valid legal defense is 'dead men tell no tales'.

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