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The Hive Mind of Testlandia

“Grr. Arg.”

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

Regional Influence: Power

Location: Testregionia

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Testlandia

Population34.063 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 remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, museums and concert halls, and compulsory vegetarianism. The democratic population of 34.063 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 Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Test City. The average income tax rate is 75.6%.

The strong Testlandian economy, worth a remarkable 1,865 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. Average income is 54,761 denarii, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

It is illegal to brush crumbs off your clothing outdoors, preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance, babies living in poverty are told to take responsibility for their own fortunes, and traumatised refugees have a full bedpan shoved into their hands along with their immigration papers. Crime is almost non-existent, 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 78,303rd in the world and 23rd in Testregionia for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 1,214.27 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Top
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Largest Populations: 481stTop
5%
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,322ndMost Beautiful Environments: 4,168thBest Weather: 4,315thLargest Black Market: 4,651stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,040thHighest Economic Output: 6,487thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,468thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,738thMost Influential: 7,786thTop
10%
Most Cultured: 9,026thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,654thMost Rebellious Youth: 13,741stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,836thMost Cheerful Citizens: 14,011thSmartest Citizens: 16,917thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,065thHighest Average Tax Rates: 17,327th
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5%
Most Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Cultured: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Testlandia's influence in Testregionia rose from "Powerbroker" to "Power".
  • : Testlandia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Testlandia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Testlandia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Smartest Citizens.
  • : Testlandia's influence in Testregionia fell from "Power" to "Powerbroker".
  • : Testlandia's influence in Testregionia rose from "Powerbroker" to "Power".
  • : Testlandia's influence in Testregionia fell from "Power" to "Powerbroker".
  • : Testlandia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Following new legislation in Testlandia, traumatised refugees have a full bedpan shoved into their hands along with their immigration papers.
  • : Testlandia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Black Market.

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