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The Friendly Nation of Matroyska

“we're fine, thanks for asking”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Lorania

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Matroyska

Population4.753 billion

Capitalnorth south upper downford

Currencyball
Animaltiny horse

The Friendly Nation of Matroyska is a massive, safe nation, notable for its national health service, suspicion of poets, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.753 billion matroyskans love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of north south upper downford. The average income tax rate is 90.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming matroyskan economy, worth 519 trillion balls a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 109,277 balls, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sections of the police receive paramilitary training, urban entrepreneurs are busy introducing cockroaches into restaurant kitchens, refugees from other nations are flocking to Matroyska's border, and Leader's media campaigns take a hiatus around exam week. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Matroyska's national animal is the tiny horse, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Matroyska is ranked 16,072nd in the world and 8th in Lorania for Most Developed, scoring 85.22 on the Human Development Index.

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Best Weather: 800thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,754thMost Pacifist: 1,833rdHealthiest Citizens: 1,920thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,959thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,981stTop
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Safest: 2,103rdMost Beautiful Environments: 2,216thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,266thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,294thNicest Citizens: 2,374thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,842ndMost Inclusive: 2,855thMost Secular: 4,838thLowest Crime Rates: 6,483rdMost Advanced Public Education: 6,498thHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,373rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,405thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,452ndSmartest Citizens: 10,093rdTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 10,524thLargest Governments: 10,675thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,679thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,217thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,621stMost Developed: 16,072nd
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionBest Weather: 4th in the regionMost Inclusive: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionMost Pacifist: 4th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the region

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