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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 86thMost Valuable International Artwork: 713thMost Influential: 878th
The Dissociative State of
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Dr Norvak Dolokai
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Hardscrabble

Population9.395 billion

CapitalSquash Flats
LeaderDr Norvak Dolokai

Currencyflorgon
Animalwood shrew

The Dissociative State of Hardscrabble is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Dr Norvak Dolokai with a fair hand, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, national health service, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.395 billion Hardscrabblers are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Environment, Administration, and Healthcare also on the agenda, 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 97.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Hardscrabblean economy, worth a remarkable 1,673 trillion florgons a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 178,145 florgons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Passengers often cause a stink on public transport, there's a shortage of swinging hot spots as land development grinds to a halt, 10-year-olds who struggle with integrating by parts are considered slow learners, and businesses are abandoning the city centre because of the lack of transport connections. Crime is totally unknown. Hardscrabble's national animal is the wood shrew, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hardscrabble is ranked 10,686th in the world and 391st in The North Pacific for Nudest, with 220.25 Cheeks Per Square Mile.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 86thMost Valuable International Artwork: 713thMost Influential: 878thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,111thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,191stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,290thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,366thMost Pacifist: 1,401stMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,509thMost Rebellious Youth: 1,643rdNicest Citizens: 1,645thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,876thMost Inclusive: 1,952ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,981stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,168thSmartest Citizens: 2,208thTop
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Most Developed: 2,343rdMost Cultured: 2,477thRudest Citizens: 2,623rdBest Weather: 2,830thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,929thSafest: 2,986thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,232ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,257thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,370thLargest Governments: 3,412thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,516thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,563rdLargest Publishing Industry: 4,588thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,249thMost Secular: 6,561stMost Efficient Economies: 6,987thHealthiest Citizens: 8,843rdHighest Average Incomes: 8,862ndMost Subsidized Industry: 9,494thHighest Economic Output: 9,615thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,730thNudest: 10,686thTop
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Highest Drug Use: 14,881stLargest Welfare Programs: 15,006thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 15,153rdLowest Crime Rates: 15,768thMost Politically Free: 18,163rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 22,555th
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Most Advanced Public Education: 49th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 59th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 68th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 72nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 75th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 83rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 96th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 102nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 104th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 107th in the regionNicest Citizens: 109th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 119th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 122nd in the regionMost Cultured: 123rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 123rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 124th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 128th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 131st in the regionMost Developed: 139th in the regionRudest Citizens: 153rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 154th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 159th in the regionSafest: 178th in the regionBest Weather: 182nd in the regionLargest Governments: 182nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 199th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 219th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 221st in the regionMost Politically Free: 231st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 259th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 302nd in the regionMost Influential: 317th in the regionMost Secular: 348th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 371st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 387th in the regionNudest: 391st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 398th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 424th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 491st in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 501st in the regionLargest Populations: 523rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 586th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 671st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 751st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 804th in the region

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