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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 53rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 142ndMost Influential: 253rd
The Dissociative State of
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Dr Norvak Dolokai
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Hardscrabble

Population12.844 billion

CapitalSquash Flats
LeaderDr Norvak Dolokai
FaithThe Church Of Charismatic Numismatists

Currencygold florgon
Animalwood shrew

The Dissociative State of Hardscrabble is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Dr Norvak Dolokai with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 12.844 billion Hardscrabblers 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, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Squash Flats. The average income tax rate is 99.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Hardscrabblean economy, worth a remarkable 3,055 trillion gold florgons a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 237,920 gold florgons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The dessert 'Death by Chocolate' isn't the most lethal dish on the menu, belief that Dr Norvak Dolokai is a lizard-person from outer space has reached an all-time high, Hardscrabble's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region, and the only record being broken at sporting events is the highest death toll. Crime is totally unknown. Hardscrabble's national animal is the wood shrew, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Church Of Charismatic Numismatists.

Hardscrabble is ranked 72,288th in the world and 3,801st in The North Pacific for Most Income Equality, scoring 50 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 53rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 142ndMost Influential: 253rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 629thNicest Citizens: 642ndMost Beautiful Environments: 772ndMost Inclusive: 817thMost Advanced Public Education: 833rdMost Rebellious Youth: 865thHighest Food Quality: 916thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 951stMost Cheerful Citizens: 956thMost Pacifist: 966thMost Cultured: 1,140thSmartest Citizens: 1,200thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,284thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,358thRudest Citizens: 1,376thLargest Governments: 1,406thBest Weather: 1,644thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,663rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,717thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,781stLargest Publishing Industry: 1,920thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,933rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,951stMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,068thMost Developed: 2,220thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,487thMost Efficient Economies: 2,696thTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 3,565thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,756thHighest Average Incomes: 4,569thSafest: 4,838thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,947thHighest Economic Output: 5,523rdHealthiest Citizens: 5,701stMost Secular: 9,383rdNudest: 10,043rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,286thLowest Crime Rates: 11,275thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 17,835thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 24,384thLargest Populations: 24,394thMost Politically Free: 25,368th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 25th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 34th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 36th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 37th in the regionNicest Citizens: 37th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 37th in the regionMost Influential: 40th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 42nd in the regionHighest Food Quality: 46th in the regionMost Inclusive: 47th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 47th in the regionMost Cultured: 49th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 49th in the regionMost Pacifist: 50th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 59th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 65th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 67th in the regionLargest Governments: 69th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 77th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 80th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 92nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 93rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 93rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 98th in the regionBest Weather: 99th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 104th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 105th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 105th in the regionMost Developed: 124th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 148th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 180th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 183rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 203rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 214th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 230th in the regionNudest: 260th in the regionSafest: 266th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 305th in the regionMost Politically Free: 318th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 339th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 386th in the regionLargest Populations: 424th in the regionMost Secular: 447th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 597th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 687th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 882nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 944th in the region

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