by Max Barry

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Most Income Equality: 3,886thMost Authoritarian: 25,523rd
The Nomadic Peoples of
Corrupt Dictatorship
In der Liebe und im Krieg ist alles erlaubt.
Civil Rights
Basket Case
Political Freedom

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Haunted Forests

Population4.033 billion

CapitalA Spooky Cabin

CurrencyDeutsche Mark
Animalwhite rabbit

The Nomadic Peoples of Haunted Forests is a massive, safe nation, notable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical population of 4.033 billion Ghosts are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of A Spooky Cabin. The average income tax rate is 62.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Spooky economy, worth 44.8 trillion Deutsche Marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient black market in Automobile Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Book Publishing, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 11,118 Deutsche Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Economic planning is exalted as a human art form, democratic debates have been removed from the government, Ghosts caught jaywalking often have their houses seized by the police, and Mr Happy's Funland has just been named Haunted Forests's new capital. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Haunted Forests's national animal is the white rabbit, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Haunted Forests is ranked 286,767th in the world and 181st in Lily for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 11,408 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Income Equality: 3,886thTop
Most Authoritarian: 25,523rd
Most Income Equality: 1st in the regionTop
Most Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 3rd in the regionNicest Citizens: 3rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7th in the regionSafest: 7th in the regionMost Primitive: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 9th in the regionMost Stationary: 9th in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 10th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 10th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 12th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 13th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 16th in the regionMost Inclusive: 18th in the region

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