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Most Cheerful Citizens: 586th Largest Publishing Industry: 1,396th Most Devout: 1,690th
The Commonwealth States of
Father Knows Best State
Unity through Obedience! Peace through Power!
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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The Commonwealth States of Commonwealth of Hank the Cat is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by President Hank the Cat the 25th with an iron fist, and remarkable for its frequent executions, aversion to nipples, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, cheerful, devout population of 7.29 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, with Defense, Healthcare, and Environment also on the agenda, 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 62.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Brussian economy, worth 763 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 104,753 Tögrögs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The nation is currently revamping its entire education system, prime real estate is devoted to wind farms and solar energy generators, President Hank the Cat the 25th has taken to wearing medal-adorned military uniform in all public appearances, and drug lords often avoid prison time by teaching "chemistry" classes to underprivileged youth. 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 Heavenly Church of the Co-Founders.

Commonwealth of Hank the Cat is ranked 156,716th in the world and 7,937th in The East Pacific for Most Primitive, scoring -162.79 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 586thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,396thMost Devout: 1,690thTop
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Best Weather: 2,098thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,404thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,592ndMost Cultured: 3,666thMost Developed: 5,885thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,357thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,903rdMost Advanced Public Education: 6,975thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 10,059thSmartest Citizens: 11,091stMost Inclusive: 11,159thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,774thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,673rdMost Efficient Economies: 14,994thHighest Economic Output: 15,149thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,288thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,793rd
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 12th in the regionMost Devout: 28th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 31st in the regionBest Weather: 56th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 57th in the regionTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 91st in the regionMost Cultured: 96th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 144th in the regionMost Developed: 145th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 160th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 165th in the regionLargest Populations: 219th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 227th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 227th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 279th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 293rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 298th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 324th in the regionMost Inclusive: 342nd in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 435th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 453rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 472nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 641st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 644th in the regionLargest Governments: 649th in the regionLargest Black Market: 836th in the region

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