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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 299thMost Influential: 713thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,551st
The Minecraft River Valley of
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A Salmon Named Harold

Population4.397 billion

Capitala comically large fish bowl
Faiththe questioning of string cheese

CurrencyIOU Card

The Minecraft River Valley of A Salmon Named Harold is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Harold with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, national health service, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 4.397 billion pineapple pizza enjoyers 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.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of a comically large fish bowl. The average income tax rate is 90.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient pineapple pizza enjoyer economy, worth 785 trillion IOU Cards a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 178,588 IOU Cards, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Celebrities sit helplessly as they are labeled "pompous womples" by Harold, all statues and paintings of dogs are being destroyed to avoid offending cat-lovers, preschools put children down for naps with milk, cookies, and a gruesome story of vengeance, and grade school teachers mark homework with red "CITATION NEEDED" stamps. Crime is totally unknown. A Salmon Named Harold's national animal is the Salmon, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is the questioning of string cheese.

A Salmon Named Harold is ranked 2,319th in the world and 141st in The North Pacific for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 730.06 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 299thMost Influential: 713thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,551stNicest Citizens: 2,089thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,128thMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,138thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,161stMost Developed: 2,277thHealthiest Citizens: 2,307thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,319thMost Inclusive: 2,353rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,503rdMost Pacifist: 2,639thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,645thTop
Highest Food Quality: 2,903rdSmartest Citizens: 3,113thBest Weather: 3,619thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,739thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,365thSafest: 5,078thMost Efficient Economies: 5,884thMost Cultured: 6,280thLowest Crime Rates: 6,303rdHighest Poor Incomes: 6,461stMost Advanced Public Education: 6,803rdLargest Welfare Programs: 6,966thLargest Governments: 7,244thMost Secular: 7,246thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,250thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,256thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,888thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,089thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,463rdHighest Average Incomes: 9,894thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,633rdMost Rebellious Youth: 11,710thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,904th
Largest Information Technology Sector: 83rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 112th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 124th in the regionMost Developed: 129th in the regionNicest Citizens: 129th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 134th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 138th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 141st in the regionMost Inclusive: 144th in the regionMost Pacifist: 156th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 159th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 165th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 165th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 170th in the regionMost Influential: 186th in the regionBest Weather: 204th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 218th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 222nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 243rd in the regionSafest: 282nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 318th in the regionMost Cultured: 321st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 330th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 336th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 337th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 345th in the regionMost Secular: 358th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 358th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 395th in the regionLargest Governments: 400th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 402nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 408th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 424th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 452nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 466th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 513th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 568th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 794th in the regionMost Stationary: 940th in the regionLargest Populations: 1,288th in the region

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