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Healthiest Citizens: 2,914th Best Weather: 3,415th Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,646th
The Democratic States of
New York Times Democracy
Progressive in the streets, agressive in the sheets
Prime Minister
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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Population5.749 billion

LeaderChancellor Bakker

CurrencyHashkin Dollar

The Democratic States of Hashkin is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Chancellor Bakker with a fair hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 5.749 billion Hashkinians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Weselton. The average income tax rate is 72.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Hashkinian economy, worth 769 trillion Hashkin Dollars a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 133,887 Hashkin Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.4 times as much as the poorest.

The reams of paperwork accompanying any electronic item are a recognised contributor to national deforestation, local mafias have a tough time disposing of dead snitches without catching the attention of recycling authorities, an extra hand on the leg will give a horse-and-a-half of lead in a hundred jiffies on seven furlongs, and the tightness of border controls in Hashkin leave a little to be desired. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Hashkin's national animal is the Beaver, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hashkin is ranked 22,003rd in the world and 2nd in The Parliamentary Union of Nations for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 97.13 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Healthiest Citizens: 2,914thBest Weather: 3,415thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,646thMost Inclusive: 3,686thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,462ndNicest Citizens: 4,746thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,708thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,480thMost Cultured: 6,940thMost Influential: 7,167thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,172ndMost Developed: 7,582ndMost Advanced Public Education: 8,051stMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,139thTop
Smartest Citizens: 10,094thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,547thLowest Crime Rates: 13,195thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,564thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,607thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,763rdLargest Governments: 14,724thMost Pacifist: 14,996thMost Secular: 15,343rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,497thHighest Average Incomes: 16,623rd

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