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Most Cheerful Citizens: 613thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,614thMost Devout: 2,063rd
The Worker's State of
Father Knows Best State
Commonwealth Eternal.
Influence
Superpower
Region
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Commonwealth of Hank the Cat

Population15.512 billion

CapitalZarathustra
LeaderPrime Minister Henry the Cat
FaithState Atheism

CurrencyTögrög
AnimalHorse

The Worker's State of Commonwealth of Hank the Cat is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Prime Minister Henry the Cat with an iron fist, and renowned for its closed borders, compulsory military service, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 15.512 billion Northerners 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 aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zarathustra. The average income tax rate is 63.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Northern economy, worth a remarkable 1,621 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 104,545 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 State Atheism.

Commonwealth of Hank the Cat is ranked 223,624th in the world and 5th in Verthandi for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 23.82 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 613thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,614thMost Devout: 2,063rdTop
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Best Weather: 2,923rdMost Beautiful Environments: 3,527thMost Cultured: 4,181stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,770thHighest Food Quality: 6,512thMost Patriotic: 7,393rdMost Advanced Public Education: 8,626thMost Corrupt Governments: 10,228thHighest Economic Output: 11,339thMost Developed: 12,033rdLowest Crime Rates: 12,300thTop
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Most Inclusive: 12,547thSmartest Citizens: 13,375thMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,050thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 16,392ndLargest Populations: 16,949thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,020thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,865thHighest Poor Incomes: 21,019thMost Efficient Economies: 21,166thLargest Information Technology Sector: 24,979th

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