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Hydroponic Nation

Population29.301 billion

CapitalHydroponic Nation City


The Bird Is The Word of Hydroponic Nation is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Hydroponicus with a fair hand, and notable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, keen interest in outer space, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 29.301 billion Hydroponicans hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal government prioritizes Education, although Environment and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Law & Order receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hydroponic Nation City. The average income tax rate is 46.4%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Hydroponic Nationian economy, worth a remarkable 4,181 trillion Funyons a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Gambling and Tourism. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 142,724 Funyons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.7 times as much as the poorest.

For 25 Funyons tourists can gawk at the site of national tragedy, sharks are enjoying their deliveries of canned food, a recent political speech drew the ire of nerds everywhere after the speaker claimed that Darth Vader was Harry Potter's father, and every workday begins with group therapy. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Hydroponic Nation's national animal is the Wombat, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Hydroponic Nation is ranked 151,044th in the world and 91st in Wysteria for Most Authoritarian, with 0.01 Stalins.

Largest Publishing Industry: 73rdMost Influential: 171stMost Rebellious Youth: 404thHighest Crime Rates: 576thLargest Black Market: 617thMost Stationary: 866thMost Armed: 893rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 896thLargest Populations: 1,014thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,180thHighest Economic Output: 1,551stMost Beautiful Environments: 1,553rdTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 2,090thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,230thMost Cultured: 2,319thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,553rdSmartest Citizens: 2,802ndLongest Average Lifespans: 3,949thRudest Citizens: 4,949thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,065thBest Weather: 5,340thMost Developed: 5,441stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 6,131stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,445thNudest: 6,797thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,740thMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,078thTop
Most Secular: 10,678thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,886thHighest Average Incomes: 13,527thHighest Drug Use: 15,583rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,607th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 7th in the regionNudest: 9th in the region

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