by Max Barry

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Least Corrupt Governments: 790thMost Cheerful Citizens: 874thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 909th
The Doom-Tree of
Left-wing Utopia
Shrooms are the mind-killer
Civil Rights
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Population14.311 billion

LeaderSpokesperson Kariva Ulav


The Doom-Tree of Harndon is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Spokesperson Kariva Ulav with a fair hand, and renowned for its state-planned economy, public floggings, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 14.311 billion Harndonians 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Quechkhonia. The average income tax rate is 96.8%.

The powerhouse Harndonian economy, worth a remarkable 1,545 trillion Monalmes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 108,024 Monalmes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Reflection is vital for badly behaved politicians, Spokesperson Kariva Ulav is strangely popular with male politicians' wives, the slowest students feel vaguely targeted by their Mendelian Inheritance coursework, and small children are learning a lot of new words from a teacher with Tourette Syndrome. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Harndon's national animal is the Wyvern, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Harndon is ranked 303,987th in the world and 191st in The Social Liberal Union for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring -9.88 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

Least Corrupt Governments: 790thMost Cheerful Citizens: 874thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 909thBest Weather: 935thNicest Citizens: 1,013thMost Inclusive: 1,060thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,112thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,212thHighest Food Quality: 1,368thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,424thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,505thMost Pacifist: 1,514thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,729thLargest Welfare Programs: 1,776thSafest: 1,984thHealthiest Citizens: 2,029thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,209thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,615thMost Cultured: 2,648thMost Influential: 2,862ndTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 3,802ndMost Rebellious Youth: 4,243rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,403rdSmartest Citizens: 5,505thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,508thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,836thLargest Governments: 8,218thLowest Crime Rates: 8,452ndMost Income Equality: 10,300thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,472ndHighest Economic Output: 14,636thTop
Most Developed: 16,864thMost Secular: 17,645thLargest Populations: 24,504th
Best Weather: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7th in the regionMost Inclusive: 7th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 7th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 9th in the regionSafest: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Cultured: 10th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 10th in the regionMost Pacifist: 10th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 10th in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 11th in the regionLargest Populations: 11th in the regionMost Income Equality: 12th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 16th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 16th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 20th in the region

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