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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,313th Most Subsidized Industry: 1,836th Most Efficient Economies: 1,846th
The Unbearable Lightness of
Tyranny by Majority
Why walk when you can hover!
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Hovertanks

Population15.577 billion

CapitalTurtle Cove
LeaderAcademician Prokhor Zakharov
Faithignosticism

Currencygravitollar
Animalsupernaturally nimble turtle

The Unbearable Lightness of Hovertanks is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Academician Prokhor Zakharov with a fair hand, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, anti-smoking policies, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 15.577 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 large, moralistic, outspoken government is dominated by the Department of Industry, with Spirituality, Defense, and Public Transport also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Turtle Cove. The average income tax rate is 64.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Hovertanksian economy, worth a remarkable 1,510 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 96,956 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 43,102nd in the world and 4th in The Moon for Smartest Citizens, with 39.32 Quips Per Hour.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,313thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 1,836thMost Efficient Economies: 1,846thMost Stationary: 2,302ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,864thMost Politically Free: 8,124thHighest Economic Output: 8,458thMost Secular: 8,492ndLargest Populations: 8,596thTop
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 9,948thLargest Black Market: 11,979thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,554thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,935thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,608thMost Influential: 13,915thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,182ndMost Developed: 16,831stMost Cultured: 17,025th
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Most Cultured: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionMost Developed: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 1st in the region

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  • : Hovertanks was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Hovertanks was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Hovertanks was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Hovertanks was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Hovertanks's influence in The Moon rose from "Contender" to "Instigator".
  • : Hovertanks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cultured.
  • : Hovertanks was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Hovertanks was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Hovertanks was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Hovertanks was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Economic Output.

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