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The Free Land of New South Hope

“In Freedom We Trust”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific

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New South Hope

Population1.024 billion

CapitalNewton City
LeaderDash

Currencynewton
Animalcaracal

The Free Land of New South Hope is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Dash with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.024 billion New South Hopeans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Newton City. The average income tax rate is 92.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient New South Hopean economy, worth 118 trillion newtons a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 115,354 newtons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The government seizes private property for the 'good of the people', the government has begun breaking all large businesses into thousands of mom-and-pop general stores, casino tax breaks are even bigger than their jackpots, and the government is notorious for leaving citizens with almost nothing from their inheritance. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New South Hope's national animal is the caracal, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

New South Hope is ranked 7,628th in the world and 228th in The East Pacific for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,787.38 Tourists Per Hour.

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Largest Welfare Programs: 1,388thTop
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Most Pacifist: 2,599thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,602ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,351stNicest Citizens: 3,565thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,673rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,081stMost Inclusive: 4,208thMost Influential: 4,473rdSafest: 4,480thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,145thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,314thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,323rdHealthiest Citizens: 5,667thBest Weather: 5,958thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,153rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,251stMost Developed: 6,449thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,628thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,726thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,594thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,594thLargest Governments: 8,657thLowest Crime Rates: 9,009thSmartest Citizens: 9,892ndTop
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Most Secular: 12,538thLargest Agricultural Sector: 14,474thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,210thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,617thMost Cultured: 15,634thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,152ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,035thMost Efficient Economies: 21,448th
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Largest Welfare Programs: 32nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 54th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 100th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 113th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 120th in the regionNicest Citizens: 122nd in the regionSafest: 135th in the regionMost Inclusive: 142nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 147th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 155th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 156th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 159th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 166th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 171st in the regionMost Developed: 178th in the regionBest Weather: 189th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 200th in the regionLargest Governments: 208th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 220th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 228th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 235th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 253rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 254th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 255th in the regionMost Influential: 288th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 408th in the regionMost Cultured: 418th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 438th in the regionMost Secular: 439th in the regionTop
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Largest Agricultural Sector: 472nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 533rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 545th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 599th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 668th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 693rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in New South Hope, the government is notorious for leaving citizens with almost nothing from their inheritance.
  • : Following new legislation in New South Hope, casino tax breaks are even bigger than their jackpots.
  • : Following new legislation in New South Hope, the government has begun breaking all large businesses into thousands of mom-and-pop general stores.
  • : Following new legislation in New South Hope, the government seizes private property for the 'good of the people'.
  • : New South Hope was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in New South Hope, foreign investment has dropped to a trickle after laws were passed preventing investors from taking their earnings abroad.
  • : Following new legislation in New South Hope, parking's carefree without parking car fees.
  • : Following new legislation in New South Hope, Dash's iHouse is so intelligent that it manages its own social media accounts.
  • : Following new legislation in New South Hope, major cities are suffering under water rationing.
  • : Following new legislation in New South Hope, social media sites go into shutdown for days at a time to censor user content.

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