Largest Agricultural Sector: 75th Most Stationary: 1,407th Largest Publishing Industry: 1,526th
The People's Republic of
New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence
Powerbroker
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Excellent

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The People's Republic of Matison is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Gene Masseth with a fair hand, and renowned for its unlimited-speed roads, sprawling nuclear power plants, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 18.411 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 minute government, or what there is of one, is dominated by the Department of Education, with Industry and Defense also on the agenda, 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 1.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Matisonian economy, worth a remarkable 2,636 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 Gambling. Average income is an impressive 143,205 farks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

New cases of Asbestosis are cropping up as quickly as hospitals can deal with them, Matison City's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight, the internet has been placed under government control, and the law is more interested in punishing crime than preventing it. Crime is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Matison's national animal is the LOLcat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Matison is ranked 7,755th in the world and 2nd in 42 Douglas Adams for Most Developed, scoring 83.89 on the Human Development Index.

Top
1%
Largest Agricultural Sector: 75thMost Stationary: 1,407thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,526thTop
5%
Least Corrupt Governments: 1,861stMost Influential: 2,344thHighest Economic Output: 2,692ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,802ndHighest Crime Rates: 3,168thMost Cultured: 3,309thLargest Populations: 3,950thMost Armed: 4,514thSmartest Citizens: 5,479thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,126thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,364thRudest Citizens: 7,140thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,618thMost Developed: 7,755thMost Secular: 8,161stTop
10%
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 9,960thHighest Drug Use: 9,961stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,395thHighest Average Incomes: 11,939thLargest Gambling Industry: 12,178thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 13,303rdNudest: 14,182ndMost Efficient Economies: 14,316thLargest Black Market: 14,788thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,606th
Top
10%
Least Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Matison was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Following new legislation in Matison, the law is more interested in punishing crime than preventing it.
  • : Following new legislation in Matison, the internet has been placed under government control.
  • : Following new legislation in Matison, Matison City's main city thoroughfare has been blocked by a row of leyland cypresses that mysteriously appeared overnight.
  • : Following new legislation in Matison, new cases of Asbestosis are cropping up as quickly as hospitals can deal with them.
  • : Following new legislation in Matison, election ballot papers are so long that unused ones are recycled as toilet roll.
  • : Matison was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Matison was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry and the Top 5% for Most Cheerful Citizens, Most Politically Apathetic Citizens, Highest Poor Incomes, and Most Secular.
  • : Matison was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Stationary and the Top 10% for Most Scientifically Advanced and Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Matison's influence in 42 Douglas Adams fell from "Power" to "Powerbroker".

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