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The United Kingdom of Hornetopia

“Yellow Army”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific



Population568 million



The United Kingdom of Hornetopia is a huge, safe nation, notable for its compulsory military service, fear of technology, and suspicion of poets. The compassionate, democratic population of 568 million Hornetopians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Watford. The average income tax rate is 53.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Hornetopian economy, worth 40.2 trillion Deeneys a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 70,787 Deeneys, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

Airport security is provided by private companies, retirement homes are filled with foreign war criminals, the government seizes all major gold finds, and school lessons are constantly interrupted by 'teacher needs a break' time. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hornetopia's national animal is the Hornet, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hornetopia is ranked 45,231st in the world and 1,776th in The East Pacific for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 3,066.61 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,595thMost Influential: 7,469thTop
Best Weather: 12,559th
Best Weather: 354th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 382nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 455th in the regionMost Influential: 469th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 530th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 550th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 567th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 606th in the region

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