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The Shape of Tiegenhof

“h” Mr Fagnat

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

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: Osiris

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Tiegenhof

Population4.446 billion

CapitalCran
LeaderMr Fagnat

Currencymark
Animalfox

The Shape of Tiegenhof is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Mr Fagnat with a fair hand, and notable for its complete lack of prisons, infamous sell-swords, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.446 billion Tiegenhofians 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 relatively small government prioritizes Education, although Industry, Environment, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cran. The average income tax rate is 44.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Tiegenhofian economy, worth 873 trillion marks a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Retail. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 196,488 marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The government's giant servers are often used as a tourist trap, there is a heavy social stigma attached to e-cigarettes, Chekhov's guns are killing the entertainment budget, and the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters. Crime is totally unknown. Tiegenhof's national animal is the fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Tiegenhof is ranked 65,648th in the world and 2,394th in Osiris for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 3,072.3 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 985thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,943rdTop
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Rudest Citizens: 2,356thMost Inclusive: 2,930thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,940thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,964thMost Cultured: 3,019thMost Secular: 3,068thSmartest Citizens: 3,224thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,264thMost Developed: 3,764thHealthiest Citizens: 4,121stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,166thBest Weather: 4,263rdLongest Average Lifespans: 5,144thLargest Retail Industry: 5,181stHighest Disposable Incomes: 5,295thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,395thMost Efficient Economies: 6,274thMost Pacifist: 6,604thHighest Average Incomes: 6,631stMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,643rdNicest Citizens: 7,685thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,801stMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,431stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,151stTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 11,033rdMost Advanced Public Education: 11,220thLargest Governments: 13,426thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,054thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,565thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,192ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 17,949thHighest Economic Output: 19,313thNudest: 20,565th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 20th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 52nd in the regionTop
5%
Rudest Citizens: 77th in the regionMost Inclusive: 109th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 109th in the regionMost Cultured: 116th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 116th in the regionMost Secular: 117th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 132nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 133rd in the regionMost Developed: 153rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 172nd in the regionBest Weather: 190th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 190th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 232nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 246th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 252nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 262nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 285th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 289th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 300th in the regionMost Pacifist: 330th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 362nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 370th in the regionTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 442nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 548th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 569th in the regionNudest: 604th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 620th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 686th in the regionLargest Governments: 743rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Tiegenhof, the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters.
  • : Following new legislation in Tiegenhof, Chekhov's guns are killing the entertainment budget.
  • : Following new legislation in Tiegenhof, there is a heavy social stigma attached to e-cigarettes.
  • : Tiegenhof was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Tiegenhof, the government's giant servers are often used as a tourist trap.
  • : Following new legislation in Tiegenhof, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings.
  • : Following new legislation in Tiegenhof, all footpaths have tollbooths.
  • : Following new legislation in Tiegenhof, the new Refuse Hills housing development is under construction.
  • : Following new legislation in Tiegenhof, jabbing a baby's bottle at officials gets parents waved straight through immigration.
  • : Following new legislation in Tiegenhof, people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight.

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