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Most Advanced Public Education: 1,524th Least Corrupt Governments: 1,619th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,025th
The Dissociative State of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Where everyone goes home with a free mattress!
Dr Norvak Dolokai
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
World Benchmark
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Hardscrabble

Population6.32 billion

CapitalSquash Flats
LeaderDr Norvak Dolokai

Currencyflorgon
Animalwood shrew

The Dissociative State of Hardscrabble is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Dr Norvak Dolokai with a fair hand, and notable for its national health service, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic population of 6.32 billion Hardscrabbleans 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 Spirituality and Defense receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Squash Flats. The average income tax rate is 93.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Hardscrabblean economy, worth 930 trillion florgons a year, is highly 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 impressive 147,222 florgons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Tax revenue is often intercepted by international accountants before ever seeing the national treasury, dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines', self-driving cars occasionally mow down pedestrians to avoid inconveniencing passengers, and high school bands practice by moonlight. 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 5,922nd in the world and 134th in the Rejected Realms for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 57.39 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Most Advanced Public Education: 1,524thLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,619thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,025thMost Influential: 2,094thMost Developed: 2,280thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,311thMost Rebellious Youth: 2,368thHighest Drug Use: 2,527thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,629thMost Efficient Economies: 3,041stMost Compassionate Citizens: 3,102ndSmartest Citizens: 3,259thNicest Citizens: 3,270thMost Pacifist: 3,326thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,436thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,596thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3,659thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,702ndRudest Citizens: 3,734thSafest: 3,906thMost Cultured: 4,033rdMost Inclusive: 4,456thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,064thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,453rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 5,922ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,944thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,034thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,057thBest Weather: 6,687thLargest Governments: 6,704thNudest: 7,258thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8,496thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 9,197thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,621stMost Secular: 12,486thHighest Average Incomes: 13,384thHighest Economic Output: 15,287thHealthiest Citizens: 16,728th
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Most Influential: 12th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 29th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 37th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 40th in the regionMost Developed: 56th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 65th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 68th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 68th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 70th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 74th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 74th in the regionMost Pacifist: 75th in the regionTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 77th in the regionNicest Citizens: 79th in the regionSafest: 82nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 87th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 88th in the regionMost Cultured: 89th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 98th in the regionRudest Citizens: 102nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 111th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 130th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 134th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 135th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 149th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 151st in the regionLargest Governments: 157th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 163rd in the regionBest Weather: 184th in the regionNudest: 186th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 240th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 262nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 320th in the regionMost Stationary: 332nd in the regionMost Secular: 346th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 378th in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 404th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 490th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 643rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hardscrabble, high school bands practice by moonlight.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardscrabble, self-driving cars occasionally mow down pedestrians to avoid inconveniencing passengers.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardscrabble, dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines'.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardscrabble, tax revenue is often intercepted by international accountants before ever seeing the national treasury.
  • : Hardscrabble was endorsed by The Independent Menace of Kyorgia.
  • : Hardscrabble's influence in The Rejected Realms fell from "Vassal" to "Apprentice".
  • : Following new legislation in Hardscrabble, Dr Norvak Dolokai's peyote-induced "let's all just be friends" speech is trending world-wide.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardscrabble, the government has officially clarified that "wee on your hands to save time" does not count as proper hygiene.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardscrabble, sea side cafes are required by law to close during summer.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardscrabble, the government officially wants you to slow down and speak more clearly.

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