“Land of the bold and defenders of liberty”
|Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists|
Regional Influence: Truckler
Location: 10000 Islands
The Syndicate of Hayden Island is a gargantuan, genial nation, renowned for its national health service. The compassionate, intelligent population of 19.7 billion Hayden Islandians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.
It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it is effectively ruled by the Department of Social Welfare, with areas such as Religion & Spirituality and Defence receiving almost no funds by comparison. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Portland. The average income tax rate is 87%, and even higher for the wealthy. The private sector is almost wholly made up of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out.
Fur coats have become the latest fashion trend, armed police units patrol the roads late at night, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent, and postmen have been arrested in job lots for selling junk mail as home insulation. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is crippling, and the police force struggles against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Hayden Island's national animal is the Raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its currency is the Credit.
Most Recent Government Activity: 20 days ago
- 13 days ago: Hayden Island was endorsed by The Commonwealth of New Duveland.
- 14 days ago: Hayden Island was ranked in the Top 5% of the region for Best Weather (last census: Top 1%).
- 16 days ago: Hayden Island was endorsed by The Blessed Elvish Haven of The Isle of Tol Eressea.
- 17 days ago: Hayden Island was endorsed by The Void of Dustwind.
- 17 days ago: Hayden Island was endorsed by The Ramifications of Goat Horns.
- 17 days ago: Hayden Island was endorsed by The Republic of Wysrod.
- 18 days ago: Hayden Island was endorsed by The Island Republic of Markanite.
- 19 days ago: Hayden Island was endorsed by The Confederacy of New Hodgepodge.
- 19 days ago: Hayden Island was endorsed by The Anarchy of Blogotopia.
- 20 days ago: Hayden Island was admitted to the World Assembly.