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Most Cheerful Citizens: 589th Largest Publishing Industry: 1,463rd Most Devout: 1,822nd
The Commonwealth of the West of
Father Knows Best State
Unity through Obedience! Peace through Power!
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Commonwealth of Hank the Cat

Population11.007 billion

CapitalSaint Zarathustraberg
LeaderPrime Minister Hank the Cat the 25th
FaithWerecat Worship


The Commonwealth of the West of Commonwealth of Hank the Cat is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Prime Minister Hank the Cat the 25th with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, ubiquitous missile silos, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 11.007 billion Brussians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government prioritizes Education, although Defense, Healthcare, and Environment are also considered important, while Social Policy and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saint Zarathustraberg. The average income tax rate is 63.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Brussian economy, worth a remarkable 1,150 trillion Tögrögs a year, is highly specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Gambling. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 104,546 Tögrögs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The jackhammer is considered a tool of artistic criticism, diaper ads feature vertically-challenged adults wearing bootees, gay couples have to travel to Brancaland to find a church that will actually let them wed, and leakers release information by etching graffiti on bathroom stalls. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Commonwealth of Hank the Cat's national animal is the Horse, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Werecat Worship.

Commonwealth of Hank the Cat is ranked 44,576th in the world and 2,374th in Lazarus for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 2,353.68 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

Most Cheerful Citizens: 589thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,463rdTop
Most Devout: 1,822ndBest Weather: 2,390thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,996thMost Cultured: 3,892ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,304thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,784thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,901stMost Developed: 6,959thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 7,930thLowest Crime Rates: 10,606thMost Inclusive: 10,854thHighest Economic Output: 12,140thSmartest Citizens: 12,202ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,373rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,720th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 19th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 63rd in the regionMost Devout: 97th in the regionBest Weather: 117th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 141st in the regionMost Cultured: 198th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 221st in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 347th in the regionMost Developed: 360th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 396th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 501st in the region

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