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Largest Welfare Programs: 128th Most Advanced Public Transport: 134th Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 278th
The Generic Country of
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United We Aren't
Joe Generic
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Population7.141 billion

CapitalNew Generic City
LeaderJoe Generic


The Generic Country of Huyland is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Joe Generic with a fair hand, and notable for its ban on automobiles, rampant corporate plagiarism, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 7.141 billion Generic People hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Environment, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Generic City. The average income tax rate is 99.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Generic economy, worth a remarkable 1,149 trillion Cents 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 mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 160,967 Cents, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

A vast monorail network carries people all over the country, it's customary to greet the monarch with fist bumps, the New Generic City Film Festival recently voted 'Generic Person Getting Hit By Football' as best film, and you're only as old as you feel. Crime is totally unknown. Huyland's national animal is the Turkey, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Huyland is ranked 682nd in the world and 2nd in The United Ascendancy for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 80.66 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

Largest Welfare Programs: 128thMost Advanced Public Transport: 134thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 278thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 287thMost Compassionate Citizens: 329thNicest Citizens: 339thMost Inclusive: 360thLeast Corrupt Governments: 420thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 561stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 635thMost Beautiful Environments: 672ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 682ndMost Rebellious Youth: 760thLongest Average Lifespans: 790thMost Pacifist: 886thBest Weather: 942ndMost Cultured: 954thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,011thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,156thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,304thTop
Largest Governments: 1,938thSafest: 2,173rdMost Developed: 2,823rdHealthiest Citizens: 3,577thSmartest Citizens: 4,703rdMost Advanced Public Education: 5,229thMost Efficient Economies: 5,796thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,329thNudest: 7,511thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 8,563rdHighest Drug Use: 8,845thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 10,236thHighest Average Incomes: 10,673rdHighest Economic Output: 11,992ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,194thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,034thMost Influential: 16,274th
Least Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Pacifist: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Inclusive: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 1st in the regionNicest Citizens: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Average Tax Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 2nd in the regionNudest: 2nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionSafest: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionMost Influential: 3rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 3rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Huyland, you're only as old as you feel.
  • : Following new legislation in Huyland, the New Generic City Film Festival recently voted 'Generic Person Getting Hit By Football' as best film.
  • : Huyland was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Publishing Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Huyland, it's customary to greet the monarch with fist bumps.
  • : Following new legislation in Huyland, a vast monorail network carries people all over the country.
  • : Following new legislation in Huyland, the comic book series 'Joe Generic and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller.
  • : Following new legislation in Huyland, airplane passenger seat sizes and ticket prices are both first-class.
  • : Following new legislation in Huyland, citizens can only enjoy the splendor of the natural world in designated 'Majesty Appreciation' zones.
  • : Following new legislation in Huyland, anti-government web sites are springing up.
  • : Huyland's influence in The United Ascendancy fell from "Dealmaker" to "Instigator".


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