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The Hydrarian Empire of Northern Scovia

“Let Scovia Prevail!”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific


Northern Scovia

Population8.636 billion

LeaderEmpress Sidney Hydraria

AnimalAustrian Eagle

The Hydrarian Empire of Northern Scovia is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Empress Sidney Hydraria with an iron fist, and notable for its triple-decker prams, zero percent divorce rate, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical, devout population of 8.636 billion Northern Scovians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Education, although Industry, Healthcare, and Environment are also considered important, while International Aid isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hydraria. The average income tax rate is 80.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Northern Scovian economy, worth 841 trillion Reichmarks a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 97,386 Reichmarks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Theft is considered to be okay if the crime happened a long time ago, one does not simply walk into the tundra, the government sends submarines to retrieve bodies from shipwrecked submarines, and EULAs remind customers that "Private Mode" is a browser setting rather than a promise. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Northern Scovia's national animal is the Austrian Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Protestantism.

Northern Scovia is ranked 11,760th in the world and 657th in The North Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 88.6 on the Human Development Index.

Most Influential: 2,600thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,575thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,294thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,180thBest Weather: 7,592ndMost Rebellious Youth: 9,408thHealthiest Citizens: 10,226thTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 10,328thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,589thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,762ndMost Beautiful Environments: 11,271stMost Developed: 11,760thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,780thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,222ndMost Cultured: 12,664thNicest Citizens: 12,969thLowest Crime Rates: 13,239thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,477thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,868thMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,688thMost Inclusive: 15,431stMost Devout: 15,442ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 15,627thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,113thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,357thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,642ndLargest Governments: 18,623rdSmartest Citizens: 19,981stHighest Economic Output: 20,123rd
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 160th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 306th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 335th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 356th in the regionBest Weather: 415th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 503rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 527th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 559th in the regionLargest Populations: 560th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 586th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 586th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 594th in the regionMost Cultured: 602nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 608th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 618th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 624th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 642nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 645th in the regionMost Devout: 652nd in the regionMost Developed: 657th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 661st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 704th in the regionNicest Citizens: 710th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 716th in the regionMost Influential: 788th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 837th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 847th in the regionMost Inclusive: 882nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 883rd in the regionLargest Governments: 891st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Northern Scovia altered its national flag.
  • : Northern Scovia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Northern Scovia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Nicest Citizens.
  • : Northern Scovia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Northern Scovia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations and the Top 10% for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Northern Scovia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Northern Scovia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Northern Scovia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Northern Scovia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare and Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Northern Scovia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments and Longest Average Lifespans and the Top 10% for Highest Economic Output.


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