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Far Tholk

Population4.741 billion

CapitalNew Far Tholk City

Currencygold piece

The Democratic People's Republic of Far Tholk is a massive, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its museums and concert halls, complete lack of prisons, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.741 billion Far Tholkians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Far Tholk City. The average income tax rate is 77.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Far Tholkian economy, worth 506 trillion gold pieces a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Retail, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 106,738 gold pieces, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

You can't put down the nation's attitude to pet health, police officers that upset their bosses get assigned to 24 hour stakeouts of bike sheds, roadside walls are being built and mother nature is paying for it, and government crews work tirelessly to retake the suburbs from organized packs of raccoons. Crime is totally unknown. Far Tholk's national animal is the squirrel, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Far Tholk is ranked 4,435th in the world and 1st in The Great Experiment for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring 8,748.47 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

Most Compassionate Citizens: 4,242ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,435thNicest Citizens: 4,470thMost Inclusive: 4,710thLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,722ndLargest Welfare Programs: 4,827thMost Influential: 5,454thMost Pacifist: 5,625thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,763rdMost Rebellious Youth: 6,323rdLargest Publishing Industry: 7,000thMost Cultured: 7,307thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,534thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,589thMost Advanced Public Education: 8,207thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,262ndTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 9,093rdBest Weather: 10,391stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,760thSafest: 12,565thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,781stLargest Retail Industry: 12,928thSmartest Citizens: 13,165thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,476thMost Secular: 15,235thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,414thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,230thLargest Governments: 16,475thMost Developed: 16,706thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,869th
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 5th in the regionBest Weather: 5th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 8th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8th in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 10th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionRudest Citizens: 11th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionMost Secular: 12th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 13th in the regionSafest: 14th in the regionMost Politically Free: 14th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 15th in the region

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