by Max Barry

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The Ripple of Nidon

“Between sunlight and starlight.”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific



Population2.642 billion

LeaderNodoka Wells


The Ripple of Nidon is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Nodoka Wells with an even hand, and notable for its smutty television, sprawling nuclear power plants, and state-planned economy. The compassionate population of 2.642 billion Hirani have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The large government prioritizes Education, although Healthcare, Welfare, and Administration are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nonkina. The average income tax rate is 64.0%.

The very strong Hirani economy, worth 193 trillion okanes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Cheese Exports, Book Publishing, and Tourism. Average income is 73,349 okanes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.4 times as much as the poorest.

Heartfelt sentiments are mercilessly marketed by a million-okane treacle machine, the experimental sculpture "Overtures In Dried Dove Dung" has been declared a national treasure, politicians have literally dirty hands from their extracurricular activities, and there's a bright dawn ahead for Nidon. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Nidon's national animal is the dove, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Buddhism.

Nidon is ranked 2,348th in the world and 390th in the South Pacific for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with 65 Valid Endorsements.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,348thMost Influential: 3,286thTop
Most Pacifist: 9,479thMost Cheerful Citizens: 10,609thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 12,187thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,839thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,005thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13,164thMost Inclusive: 15,951stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,040thNicest Citizens: 16,471st
Most Cheerful Citizens: 332nd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 338th in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 346th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 351st in the regionMost Influential: 372nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 390th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 419th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 455th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 469th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 484th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 528th in the regionMost Inclusive: 552nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 571st in the regionMost Cultured: 603rd in the regionBest Weather: 629th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 669th in the region

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