by Max Barry

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,247thMost Stationary: 2,056thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,647th
The Unbearable Lightness of
Tyranny by Majority
Why walk when you can hover!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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Population18.241 billion

CapitalTurtle Cove
LeaderAcademician Prokhor Zakharov

Animalsupernaturally nimble turtle

The Unbearable Lightness of Hovertanks is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Academician Prokhor Zakharov with a fair hand, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, frequent executions, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 18.241 billion Hovertanksians enjoy great social freedoms and frequent elections, where the majority of the populace regularly votes to increase its benefits at the expense of various hapless minorities.

The medium-sized, moralistic, outspoken government is dominated by the Department of Industry, although Spirituality, Defense, and Public Transport are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Turtle Cove. The average income tax rate is 62.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Hovertanksian economy, worth a remarkable 1,791 trillion gravitollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Automobile Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Basket Weaving, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 98,236 gravitollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature', the automotive industry soaks up huge government handouts, the government is spending billions of taxpayer gravitollars to support the Tourism industry, and dog breeding has been banned in accordance with recent animal experimentation laws. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hovertanks's national animal is the supernaturally nimble turtle, which can occasionally be seen avoiding garbage in the nation's murky oceans, and its national religion is ignosticism.

Hovertanks is ranked 54,636th in the world and 20th in The Moon for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring 3,495.53 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,247thMost Stationary: 2,056thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 2,647thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,521stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,130thLargest Populations: 7,816thHighest Economic Output: 8,415thMost Efficient Economies: 9,350thMost Secular: 9,497thTop
Most Advanced Public Transport: 13,394thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,366thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,390thMost Politically Free: 15,165thMost Influential: 15,342ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,749thMost Cultured: 17,157thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,586thMost Developed: 18,372nd
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 4th in the regionMost Politically Free: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Hovertanks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Hovertanks's influence in The Moon fell from "Dealmaker" to "Instigator".
  • : Hovertanks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Hovertanks was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Hovertanks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Hovertanks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Hovertanks was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Stationary and the Top 10% for Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Hovertanks's influence in The Moon rose from "Instigator" to "Dealmaker".
  • : Hovertanks's influence in The Moon fell from "Dealmaker" to "Instigator".
  • : Hovertanks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights and Most Developed.


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