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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, economically powerful nation, ruled by Gene Masseth with a fair hand, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 15.145 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.

The tiny government is primarily concerned with Education, although Defense and Industry are also considered important, while Spirituality and Administration are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Matison City. The average income tax rate is 3.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Matisonian economy, worth a remarkable 2,150 trillion farks a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 142,002 farks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Birth rates have hit an all-time low, men avoid even so much as looking at female colleagues, morning coffees are no longer the same since the disappearance of newspapers, and major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day. Crime is a serious problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Matison's national animal is the LOLcat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Matison is ranked 7th in 42 Douglas Adams and 27,271st in the world for Most Beautiful Environments, with 106.25 Pounds of Wildlife less Pounds of Concrete per square mile.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 13 days ago

  • 7 days ago: Matison was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Fastest-Growing Economies (last census: Top 5%).
  • 12 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day.
  • 12 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, morning coffees are no longer the same since the disappearance of newspapers.
  • 13 days ago: Matison lodged a message on the 42 Douglas Adams Regional Message Board.
  • 14 days ago: Matison was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens (last census: Top 5%).
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, men avoid even so much as looking at female colleagues.
  • 43 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, birth rates have hit an all-time low.
  • 43 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, museums stand half-empty as all foreign exhibits are returned to their countries of origin.
  • 43 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, noises louder than a whisper have been prohibited by law.
  • 63 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, disaster victims are viewed with disdain.

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