by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,419thMost Devout: 7,408thMost Influential: 10,034th
The Dictatorship of
Father Knows Best State
Persistence is the path to success.
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Hidden Springs

Population398 million

CapitalHidden Springs City

CurrencyKnut
AnimalLeopard

The Dictatorship of Hidden Springs is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, digital currency, and complete lack of prisons. The compassionate, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 398 million Springsians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hidden Springs City. The average income tax rate is 68.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Hidden Springsian economy, worth 43.4 trillion Knuts a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an impressive 108,926 Knuts, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.5 times as much as the poorest.

Both illness and poverty are seen as signs of low moral worth, social media sites prompt users to send birthday greetings to unresponsive nonagenarians, court verdicts are predictable to within a hundredth of a percentage point, and tampons are used as cheap fishing bobbers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hidden Springs's national animal is the Leopard, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hidden Springs is ranked 68,959th in the world and 205th in Europe for Largest Gambling Industry, scoring 3,340.94 on the Kelly Criterion Productivity Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,419thTop
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Most Devout: 7,408thMost Influential: 10,034thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,527thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,273rdTop
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Most Armed: 14,501stLowest Crime Rates: 19,908thMost Cheerful Citizens: 20,091stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,273rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,382ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 23,601stNicest Citizens: 25,914th
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Most Devout: 65th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 76th in the regionMost Armed: 83rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 100th in the region

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