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Least Corrupt Governments: 1,843rd Largest Publishing Industry: 2,135th Most Advanced Public Education: 2,227th
The Dieselpunk Dystopia of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise
Progress through Unity!
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Harkback Union

Population15.394 billion

CapitalUnion City
LeaderLegate Eutris


The Dieselpunk Dystopia of Harkback Union is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Legate Eutris with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, compulsory vegetarianism, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic, humorless population of 15.394 billion Harkbacks enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The large government is primarily concerned with Education, with Healthcare, Environment, and Welfare also on the agenda, while Spirituality isn't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Union City. The average income tax rate is 95.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Harkback Unionian economy, worth a remarkable 2,278 trillion Cradits a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 147,984 Cradits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

The government decides its policies by observing the flight of birds, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment, the question of 'what is Legate Eutris's favorite color?' has been given a priority rating of burnt-orange, and the voyages of obsolete star-trekking satellites on deliberate escape orbits are only just beginning. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Harkback Union's national animal is the Catten, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Utilitarianism.

Harkback Union is ranked 54,723rd in the world and 1st in The Eternal Darkness for Most Income Equality, scoring 45.28 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Least Corrupt Governments: 1,843rdLargest Publishing Industry: 2,135thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,227thMost Developed: 2,874thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,969thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,104thSafest: 3,313thSmartest Citizens: 3,437thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,828thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,283rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,560thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,622ndHighest Economic Output: 5,154thLargest Governments: 6,082ndMost Cultured: 6,145thMost Rebellious Youth: 6,916thLowest Crime Rates: 7,313thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,581stMost Beautiful Environments: 7,631stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,706thMost Pacifist: 8,093rdTop
Nudest: 8,766thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 8,917thLargest Populations: 9,478thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,613thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,944thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,507thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,186thHighest Average Incomes: 12,943rdMost Efficient Economies: 14,957thMost Inclusive: 15,674thHealthiest Citizens: 16,193rd

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