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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,066thMost Pacifist: 2,702ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,402nd
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Houyhnhnm Cities

Population9.511 billion

CapitalCittą del sole
LeaderSocrates Turing


The Confederacy of Houyhnhnm Cities is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Socrates Turing with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and keen interest in outer space. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 9.511 billion Houyhnhnm Citiesians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cittą del sole. The average income tax rate is 91.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Houyhnhnm Citiesian economy, worth a remarkable 1,305 trillion Logos a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 137,297 Logos, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The reams of paperwork accompanying any electronic item are a recognised contributor to national deforestation, nouveau riche farmers diligently take care of their golden calf herds, Harry Potter conventions are closely watched by the government for any signs of 'dueling', and police aim to defeat hatred with love with their "hugs-for-thugs" program. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Houyhnhnm Cities's national animal is the Raven, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Houyhnhnm Cities is ranked 45,818th in the world and 1,866th in Balder for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 3.57 Bank.

Largest Welfare Programs: 2,066thTop
Most Pacifist: 2,702ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 3,402ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,552ndSafest: 3,754thMost Inclusive: 3,885thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,971stNicest Citizens: 4,631stMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,133rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,693rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,733rdMost Advanced Public Education: 5,919thMost Developed: 6,143rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,552ndMost Cultured: 6,613thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,325thSmartest Citizens: 7,351stHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,433rdLowest Crime Rates: 8,131stLargest Governments: 8,806thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,908thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,035thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,436thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,999thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,561stHealthiest Citizens: 11,841stTop
Most Secular: 12,853rdLargest Publishing Industry: 12,971stMost Subsidized Industry: 13,099thHighest Economic Output: 13,862ndMost Beautiful Environments: 15,647thHighest Average Incomes: 17,465thMost Efficient Economies: 18,966th
Largest Welfare Programs: 103rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 115th in the regionMost Inclusive: 130th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 142nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 189th in the regionSafest: 190th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 206th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 209th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 215th in the regionMost Developed: 254th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 257th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 270th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 275th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 293rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 309th in the regionMost Cultured: 313th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 356th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 375th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 391st in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 401st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 430th in the regionLargest Governments: 444th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 448th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 476th in the regionNudest: 490th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 583rd in the regionMost Secular: 597th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 614th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 621st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 643rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 653rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 773rd in the region

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