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The Hoppy of Praeceps

Praeceps was Commended by Security Council Resolution # 335

“Let's hop to it!” Praetor

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Page

Location: The North Pacific



Population8.096 billion



The Hoppy of Praeceps is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Praetor with an even hand, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, smutty television, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 8.096 billion Praecepsians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Praetorium. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Praecepsian economy, worth a remarkable 2,466 trillion ceps a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 304,702 ceps, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Machine-peeled candied grapes come in individual packaging for the busy commuter, farting etiquette is taught in schools, citizens no longer take selfies with their dead relatives at funerals, and helicopter parenting is on the rise. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Praeceps's national animal is the rabbit, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Praeceps is ranked 86,525th in the world and 4,139th in The North Pacific for Most Politically Free, scoring 68.29 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 45thMost Inclusive: 133rdMost Pacifist: 180thMost Compassionate Citizens: 185thMost Developed: 189thLongest Average Lifespans: 206thNicest Citizens: 213thHealthiest Citizens: 225thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 228thHighest Average Tax Rates: 250thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 258thSafest: 276thLargest Governments: 318thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 325thMost Influential: 331stMost Beautiful Environments: 358thSmartest Citizens: 372ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 388thMost Advanced Public Education: 417thMost Secular: 436thLowest Crime Rates: 442ndBest Weather: 444thMost Cultured: 496thMost Advanced Public Transport: 537thHighest Poor Incomes: 559thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 564thMost Efficient Economies: 642ndMost Subsidized Industry: 735thMost Cheerful Citizens: 765thMost Scientifically Advanced: 779thLargest Information Technology Sector: 868thLargest Welfare Programs: 886thHighest Average Incomes: 1,999thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,310thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,876thHighest Economic Output: 6,239thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,195thTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 14,970thMost Income Equality: 16,744thMost Stationary: 21,443rd
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 8th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 9th in the regionMost Inclusive: 10th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 12th in the regionMost Pacifist: 13th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionSafest: 14th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 15th in the regionNicest Citizens: 16th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 16th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17th in the regionLargest Governments: 17th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 19th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 20th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 20th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 20th in the regionMost Secular: 22nd in the regionMost Cultured: 22nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 24th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 25th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 25th in the regionBest Weather: 31st in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 37th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 38th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 39th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 41st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 44th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 55th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 90th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 103rd in the regionMost Influential: 107th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 118th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 185th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 422nd in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 552nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 611th in the regionLargest Populations: 780th in the regionMost Income Equality: 792nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Praeceps lodged a message on the The North Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Praeceps, helicopter parenting is on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Praeceps, citizens no longer take selfies with their dead relatives at funerals.
  • : Following new legislation in Praeceps, farting etiquette is taught in schools.
  • : Following new legislation in Praeceps, machine-peeled candied grapes come in individual packaging for the busy commuter.
  • : Following new legislation in Praeceps, noises louder than a whisper have been prohibited by law.
  • : Following new legislation in Praeceps, the fastest growing demographic of porn viewership is twelve to seventeen.
  • : Following new legislation in Praeceps, a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts.
  • : Following new legislation in Praeceps, tourists visiting the nation are harangued for being capitalist pig-dogs.
  • : Praeceps altered the regional flag of The North Pacific.


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