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Safest: 4,268thMost Pacifist: 4,366thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,905th
The Social Democratic Dominion of
Democratic Socialists
For Hope guides the way
Influence
Eminence Grise
WA Delegate
Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Hopal

Population1.793 billion

CapitalHopton
LeaderPrime Minister John Stophoe

CurrencyTong
AnimalElephant

The Social Democratic Dominion of Hopal is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Prime Minister John Stophoe with a fair hand, and notable for its daily referendums, ban on automobiles, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.793 billion Hopalians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hopton. The average income tax rate is 91.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Hopalian economy, worth 138 trillion Tongs 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 Book Publishing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Information Technology, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 77,507 Tongs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sales of pregnancy testing kits are booming, the family summer vacation has become a thing of the past following the introduction of the year-round school year, museums have more touchscreens on display than artifacts, and it ain't easy to be green enough to be imported into Hopal. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hopal's national animal is the Elephant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hopal is ranked 70,987th in the world and 4th in Union of Democrats for Most Politically Free, scoring 71.62 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Safest: 4,268thMost Pacifist: 4,366thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,905thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,565thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,402ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,991stMost Compassionate Citizens: 8,334thBest Weather: 9,109thLowest Crime Rates: 9,243rdNicest Citizens: 9,349thHealthiest Citizens: 9,772ndLongest Average Lifespans: 9,998thMost Inclusive: 10,216thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,413thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,261stMost Advanced Public Education: 11,328thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,240thLargest Welfare Programs: 12,413thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,493rdMost Beautiful Environments: 14,729thMost Income Equality: 15,630thMost Influential: 16,083rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,286thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,591stLeast Corrupt Governments: 16,886thLargest Governments: 17,374thSmartest Citizens: 21,273rdHighest Poor Incomes: 23,199th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Income Equality: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Hopal was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Hopal, it ain't easy to be green enough to be imported into Hopal.
  • : Following new legislation in Hopal, museums have more touchscreens on display than artifacts.
  • : Hopal was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Law Enforcement.
  • : Following new legislation in Hopal, the family summer vacation has become a thing of the past following the introduction of the year-round school year.
  • : Following new legislation in Hopal, sales of pregnancy testing kits are booming.
  • : Following new legislation in Hopal, all major public areas are watched by police surveillance cameras.
  • : Following new legislation in Hopal, Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity.
  • : Following new legislation in Hopal, diplomatic cables about Prime Minister John Stophoe have suddenly been very flattering.
  • : Following new legislation in Hopal, the government seeks peaceful forum with terrorists.

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