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The Hive Mind of Testlandia

“Fixed, thanks.” Meridian Zero

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Testregionia

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Testlandia

Population35.688 billion

CapitalTest City
LeaderMeridian Zero
FaithNeo-Violetism

Currencydenarius
Animal★★★ nautilus ★★★

The Hive Mind of Testlandia is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Meridian Zero with a fair hand, and renowned for its rum-swilling pirates, museums and concert halls, and irreverence towards religion. The democratic population of 35.688 billion Testlandians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Test City. The average income tax rate is 77.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Testlandian economy, worth a remarkable 2,101 trillion denarii a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Tourism. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 58,883 denarii, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Babies living in poverty are told to take responsibility for their own fortunes, traumatised refugees have a full bedpan shoved into their hands along with their immigration papers, male med students learning female anatomy do so with their eyes tightly closed, and future leaders of Testlandia regularly dismiss pressing political issues when available options don't conform to their worldview. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Testlandia's national animal is the ★★★ nautilus ★★★, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Neo-Violetism.

Testlandia is ranked 99,901st in the world and 28th in Testregionia for Most Pro-Market, scoring 38.89 on the Rand Index.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 123rdLargest Populations: 478thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,671stMost Beautiful Environments: 3,904thBest Weather: 4,008thLargest Black Market: 4,946thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,004thHighest Economic Output: 6,353rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,886thMost Influential: 7,375thTop
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Most Cultured: 8,538thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,975thMost Rebellious Youth: 12,519thMost Cheerful Citizens: 12,954thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,167thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,432ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,128thSmartest Citizens: 15,339thSafest: 16,421st
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionSafest: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Testlandia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Safest.
  • : Testlandia altered its national flag.
  • : Testlandia altered its national flag.
  • : Testlandia altered its national flag.
  • : Testlandia altered its national flag.
  • : Testlandia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Testlandia, future leaders of Testlandia regularly dismiss pressing political issues when available options don't conform to their worldview.
  • : Testlandia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Testlandia's influence in Testregionia fell from "Powerbroker" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Testlandia's influence in Testregionia rose from "Eminence Grise" to "Powerbroker".

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