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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,248thMost Stationary: 2,048thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,740th
The Unbearable Lightness of
Tyranny by Majority
Why walk when you can hover!
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Hovertanks

Population18.478 billion

CapitalTurtle Cove
LeaderAcademician Prokhor Zakharov
Faithignosticism

Currencygravitollar
Animalsupernaturally nimble turtle

The Unbearable Lightness of Hovertanks is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Academician Prokhor Zakharov with a fair hand, and remarkable for its parental licensing program, keen interest in outer space, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 18.478 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, with Spirituality, Defense, and Education also on the agenda. 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 1,815 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 146,698th in the world and 58th in The Moon for Most Avoided, scoring 1.54 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,248thMost Stationary: 2,048thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 2,740thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,361stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,948thLargest Populations: 7,792ndHighest Economic Output: 8,436thMost Efficient Economies: 9,446thMost Secular: 9,674thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 13,433rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,526thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,709thMost Influential: 15,352ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,141stMost Politically Free: 16,471stMost Cultured: 17,164thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,130thMost Developed: 18,826th
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Most Stationary: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Politically Free: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 5th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th 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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