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The Friendly Nation of Matroyska

“we're fine, thanks for asking.”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

Location: The Democratic Republic of Freedom

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Matroyska

Population3.34 billion

CapitalNorth South Upper Downford

Currencyball
Animaltiny horse

The Friendly Nation of Matroyska is a massive, socially progressive nation, renowned for its smutty television, parental licensing program, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.34 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 Environment, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of North South Upper Downford. The average income tax rate is 88.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Matroyskan economy, worth 332 trillion balls a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 99,673 balls, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in Leader's bedroom, arbitrary election rules are considered sacrosanct, small towns have started burning historical buildings in hopes of attracting tourists, and third world countries are rich in "I Love North South Upper Downford" t-shirts. Crime 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 163,474th in the world and 45th in The Democratic Republic of Freedom for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring -14.28 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Best Weather: 934thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,663rdTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,886thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,223rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,257thMost Pacifist: 2,357thSafest: 2,379thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,416thHealthiest Citizens: 2,462ndNicest Citizens: 2,664thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,684thMost Inclusive: 3,046thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,158thMost Secular: 5,191stMost Advanced Public Education: 6,116thLowest Crime Rates: 7,208thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 8,751stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,292ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,393rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,745thLargest Welfare Programs: 10,475thSmartest Citizens: 10,864thLargest Governments: 12,009thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,405thMost Influential: 13,647thNudest: 14,031stMost Developed: 16,078thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,087thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,509th
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionNudest: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionNicest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Matroyska, third world countries are rich in "I Love North South Upper Downford" t-shirts.
  • : Following new legislation in Matroyska, small towns have started burning historical buildings in hopes of attracting tourists.
  • : Following new legislation in Matroyska, arbitrary election rules are considered sacrosanct.
  • : Following new legislation in Matroyska, photographers can be found hiding behind the curtains in Leader's bedroom.
  • : Matroyska was reclassified from "Democratic Socialists" to "Liberal Democratic Socialists".
  • : Matroyska lodged a message on the The Democratic Republic of Freedom Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Matroyska, bemused citizens are encouraged to sing foreign-language hymns of religions they have never heard of.
  • : Following new legislation in Matroyska, Tiny Horse is one of the most popular forenames in Matroyska.
  • : Matroyska lodged a message on the The Democratic Republic of Freedom Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Matroyska, the Ministry of Health has reported a sharp increase in the incidence of delayed menopause.

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