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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 72ndMost Influential: 233rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 248th
The Dissociative State of
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Dr Norvak Dolokai
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Civil Rights
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Hardscrabble

Population10.799 billion

CapitalSquash Flats
LeaderDr Norvak Dolokai
FaithThe Church Of Charismatic Numismatists

Currencygold florgon
Animalwood shrew

The Dissociative State of Hardscrabble is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Dr Norvak Dolokai with a fair hand, and notable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, cheerful population of 10.799 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 prioritizes Education, although Environment, Administration, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Squash Flats. The average income tax rate is 98.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Hardscrabblean economy, worth a remarkable 2,271 trillion gold florgons a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an amazing 210,350 gold florgons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Roads are often attended by round-the-clock construction crews, psychiatrists that date patients are congratulated on their romantic conquests, political detractors refer to Dr Norvak Dolokai as 'that Bigtopian puppet', and politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days. 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 215,711th in the world and 8,512th in The North Pacific for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 111.83 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 72ndMost Influential: 233rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 248thMost Compassionate Citizens: 853rdNicest Citizens: 877thMost Advanced Public Education: 901stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,047thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,082ndMost Pacifist: 1,082ndRudest Citizens: 1,096thMost Inclusive: 1,135thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,269thHighest Food Quality: 1,375thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,467thSmartest Citizens: 1,532ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,743rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,772ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,778thMost Cultured: 1,866thHighest Drug Use: 1,879thLargest Governments: 1,941stMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,154thMost Efficient Economies: 2,255thMost Developed: 2,318thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,320thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,383rdBest Weather: 2,489thLargest Publishing Industry: 2,717thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,910thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,824thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,062ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,357thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,447thSafest: 5,098thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,167thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,331stHighest Average Incomes: 5,898thHighest Economic Output: 7,236thHealthiest Citizens: 9,036thNudest: 9,826thMost Secular: 11,420thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 11,721stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 16,730thMost Politically Free: 17,232nd
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 33rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 36th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 44th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 50th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 50th in the regionNicest Citizens: 62nd in the regionMost Influential: 64th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 66th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 68th in the regionMost Pacifist: 70th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 73rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 74th in the regionMost Inclusive: 77th in the regionRudest Citizens: 80th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 86th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 87th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 87th in the regionTop
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Most Cultured: 94th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 102nd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 107th in the regionLargest Governments: 108th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 116th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 126th in the regionMost Politically Free: 131st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 137th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 141st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 146th in the regionMost Developed: 149th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 150th in the regionBest Weather: 170th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 181st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 196th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 223rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 227th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 229th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 231st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 257th in the regionSafest: 292nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 293rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 326th in the regionNudest: 360th in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 545th in the regionLargest Populations: 578th in the regionMost Secular: 582nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 628th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 878th in the region

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