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Hydroponic Nation

Population32.804 billion

CapitalHydroponic Nation City


The Bird Is The Word of Hydroponic Nation is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Hydroponicus with a fair hand, and notable for its frequent executions, rampant corporate plagiarism, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed, democratic population of 32.804 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, outspoken government prioritizes Education, with Environment and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Law & Order aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hydroponic Nation City. The average income tax rate is 52.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Hydroponic Nationian economy, worth a remarkable 4,876 trillion Funyons a year, is quite 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 148,659 Funyons, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars, children are disappointed to learn that cavemen never had a yabba-dabba-doo time riding dinosaurs to work, captains must wait until all rats are safe before jumping ship, and voting for pro-Bigtopian candidates is voluntary. 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 5,878th in the world and 11th in Wysteria for Most Developed, scoring 91.16 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Publishing Industry: 72ndMost Influential: 232ndMost Rebellious Youth: 372ndHighest Crime Rates: 503rdLargest Black Market: 690thMost Stationary: 770thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 782ndMost Armed: 815thLargest Gambling Industry: 909thLargest Populations: 946thTop
Highest Economic Output: 1,548thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,578thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,633rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,634thMost Cultured: 2,185thLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,604thSmartest Citizens: 3,055thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,914thBest Weather: 4,702ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,627thMost Developed: 5,878thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,028thRudest Citizens: 6,084thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,161stNudest: 6,377thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,903rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 7,401stTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 10,582ndMost Secular: 10,804thHighest Average Incomes: 12,577thHighest Disposable Incomes: 13,291st
Most Influential: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionTop
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 5th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 8 » Norvikeland, Outter Micronesia, Stragalestranspets, Ummagumma, Innato, Trinea, 66 Ducks, and Southmen.

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