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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,774thSafest: 8,512thHealthiest Citizens: 8,982nd
The Shadow Empire of
Authoritarian Democracy
Through compliance strength, through rebellion death
Civil Rights
Very Strong
Political Freedom

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Hobbes Dystopia

Population691 million

CapitalThe First City


The Shadow Empire of Hobbes Dystopia is a huge, genial nation, notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, daily referendums, and soft-spoken computers. The democratic population of 691 million Hobbesians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The First City. The average income tax rate is 77.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Hobbesian economy, worth 64.2 trillion Nivalcs a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, and Tourism. Average income is 92,876 Nivalcs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Crowds of flag-burning protesters tend to accidentally become crowds of burning protesters, students memorise knock-knock jokes for their mandatory twice-a-term Comedy Examinations, would-be emigrants are told "abandon all hope all ye who would exit here", and officials pull all-nighters to check immigrants for potential links to terrorists. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hobbes Dystopia's national animal is the Smilodon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hobbes Dystopia is ranked 144,267th in the world and 3,880th in the Rejected Realms for Most Average, scoring 31.25 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,774thTop
Safest: 8,512thHealthiest Citizens: 8,982ndBest Weather: 9,368thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10,042ndTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 10,973rdMost Secular: 11,019thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,221stLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,882ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,017thMost Inclusive: 14,040thHighest Poor Incomes: 14,626thLowest Crime Rates: 15,007thMost Beautiful Environments: 15,714thMost Income Equality: 15,878thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,120thLeast Corrupt Governments: 16,161stHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,178thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18,101stSmartest Citizens: 19,404thLargest Governments: 20,147thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,311th
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 33rd in the regionTop
Safest: 180th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 204th in the regionBest Weather: 214th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 216th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 271st in the regionMost Inclusive: 283rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 291st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 308th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 310th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 311th in the regionMost Income Equality: 349th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 351st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 354th in the regionMost Secular: 356th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 356th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 370th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 425th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 426th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 486th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 487th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 492nd in the regionLargest Governments: 506th in the region

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