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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:
Excellent
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 renowned for its unlimited-speed roads. The hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 14.358 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 secondary priorities. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Matison City. The average income tax rate is 35%, but much higher for the wealthy. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Beef-Based Agriculture, Tourism, and Book Publishing industries.

Citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow, calling out of the blue has become taboo, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits, and a determined opposition debates the relative benefits of Arial and Times New Roman for days on end. 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 10th in 42 Douglas Adams and 102,255th in the world for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -15 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 10 days ago

  • 16 days ago: Matison fell out of the world Top 10% for Nudest.
  • 17 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, a determined opposition debates the relative benefits of Arial and Times New Roman for days on end.
  • 32 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits.
  • 46 days ago: Matison was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Nudest.
  • 52 days ago: Matison was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Average (last census: Top 1%).
  • 52 days ago: Matison fell out of the regional Top 10% for Most Average.
  • 53 days ago: Matison lodged a message on the 42 Douglas Adams Regional Message Board.
  • 72 days ago: Matison was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced (last census: Top 5%).
  • 86 days ago: Following new legislation in Matison, calling out of the blue has become taboo.
  • 95 days ago: Matison fell out of the regional Top 10% for Lowest Unemployment Rates.

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