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Healthiest Citizens: 2,919th Best Weather: 3,111th Most Inclusive: 3,661st
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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Population4.524 billion

LeaderChancellor Bakker

CurrencyHashkin Dollar

The Democratic States of Hashkin is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Chancellor Bakker with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, avant-garde cinema, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, democratic population of 4.524 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 605 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 67,490th in the world and 2nd in The Parliamentary Union of Nations for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 964.76 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

Healthiest Citizens: 2,919thBest Weather: 3,111thMost Inclusive: 3,661stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,921stMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,343rdNicest Citizens: 4,686thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,451stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,131stMost Beautiful Environments: 6,553rdMost Influential: 6,782ndMost Developed: 7,188thMost Cultured: 7,192ndTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 8,210thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,859thSmartest Citizens: 9,814thLargest Information Technology Sector: 11,204thLowest Crime Rates: 13,111thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 13,182ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,648thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,087thMost Secular: 14,472ndLargest Governments: 14,821st

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