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The People's Republic of Matison

“He said with a grin, as he wiped off his chin....”

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

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

Location: 42 Douglas Adams

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The People's Republic of Matison is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Gene Masseth with a fair hand, and notable for its irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 14.53 billion Matisonians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it concentrates mainly on Education, although Defence and Commerce are on the agenda. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Matison City. The average income tax rate is 38%, but much higher for the wealthy. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Beef-Based Agriculture, Tourism, and Book Publishing industries.

Artists are pillars of society, all telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons', the government is pouring money into 'Operation Enduring Democracy', and foreign 'investors' have been taking a great interest in the new secret shuttle. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Matison's national animal is the LOLcat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the fark.

Matison is ranked 3rd in 42 Douglas Adams and 5,492nd in the world for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 87 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 6 days ago

  • 3 days 16 hours ago: Matison fell out of the regional Top 10% for Most Developed.
  • 16 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, foreign 'investors' have been taking a great interest in the new secret shuttle.
  • 16 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, the government is pouring money into 'Operation Enduring Democracy'.
  • 16 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, all telephone traffic is monitored for 'national security reasons'.
  • 16 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, artists are pillars of society.
  • 16 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, the MBI Channel Tunnel project is plagued by delays.
  • 44 days ago: Matison fell out of the world Top 10% for Nudest.
  • 45 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, a determined opposition debates the relative benefits of Arial and Times New Roman for days on end.
  • 60 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits.
  • 74 days ago: Matison was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.

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