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Most Valuable International Artwork: 738thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,987thMost Pacifist: 5,408th
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Hagston

Population7.591 billion

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The 𝗚𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗙𝗶𝗲𝗹𝗱𝘀 of Hagston is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by 𝗧𝗶𝗺 𝗚𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗸 with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, free-roaming dinosaurs, and otherworldly petting zoo. The compassionate, democratic population of 7.591 billion Hagstonians 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 large, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of 𝗟𝘆𝗵𝗻𝗯𝗲𝗿𝗸. The average income tax rate is 80.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Hagstonian economy, worth 765 trillion 𝗛𝗮𝗴𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗲s a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 100,896 𝗛𝗮𝗴𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗲s, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Skateboarding is considered a form of diplomacy, rural communities are all but disenfranchised as politicians focus all their attention on winning the deciding urban votes, travelers are subject to extensive searches if beet stains are visible on their clothing, and 𝗟𝘆𝗵𝗻𝗯𝗲𝗿𝗸 spends billions upgrading public transport. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hagston's national animal is the 𝗪𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗲 𝗪𝗮𝗴𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗹, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗼𝗳𝗶𝘀𝗺.

Hagston is ranked 16,290th in the world and 4th in Laraniem for Smartest Citizens, with 70.74 quips per hour.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 738thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,987thMost Pacifist: 5,408thBest Weather: 5,787thMost Compassionate Citizens: 7,398thNicest Citizens: 7,638thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,093rdLongest Average Lifespans: 8,198thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,354thSafest: 8,615thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,722ndMost Influential: 9,343rdHealthiest Citizens: 9,497thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,221stMost Inclusive: 12,022ndHighest Food Quality: 12,676thTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 14,065thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,884thMost Developed: 15,383rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,548thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,635thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,709thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,729thLowest Crime Rates: 15,857thSmartest Citizens: 16,290thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,396thMost Income Equality: 19,059thMost Cultured: 20,206thMost Advanced Public Transport: 22,759thLargest Governments: 22,811thMost Secular: 24,186thMost Subsidized Industry: 25,435th
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Most Income Equality: 1st in the region

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