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Best Weather: 2,318th Most Beautiful Environments: 3,583rd Largest Populations: 3,931st
The Floating Island of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Freedom is not for free (Seneca, Ep. Mor. 104)
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
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The Floating Island of Hyperbolic Orbit is a gargantuan, cultured nation, renowned for its anti-smoking policies, compulsory military service, and zero percent divorce rate. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 19.823 billion Hyperbolic Orbitians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The tiny government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Environment, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Menaion. The average income tax rate is 6.8%.

The Hyperbolic Orbitian economy, worth 545 trillion Hugs a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly comprised of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 27,498 Hugs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Crocodile roadkill is smeared across the asphalt of the new Formula One track, nobody is allowed to stop the local daycare from reading Nietzsche to pre-schoolers, the number of judges has tripled in recent months, and tumbleweed drifts through the nation's shopping centres during the weekends. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hyperbolic Orbit's national animal is the orbital cat, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Hyperbolic Orbit is ranked 6,024th in the world and 66th in Osiris for Most Influential, scoring 5,123 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Best Weather: 2,318thMost Beautiful Environments: 3,583rdLargest Populations: 3,931stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,732ndMost Influential: 6,024thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,153rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,264thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,466thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,877thMost Cultured: 7,840thMost Rebellious Youth: 8,294thTop
Most Devout: 9,654thNicest Citizens: 9,991stMost Stationary: 10,703rdHealthiest Citizens: 11,232ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,588thMost Pacifist: 12,056thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,536thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 15,517thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16,727thSafest: 16,907thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 17,093rd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 36th in the regionTop
Most Influential: 66th in the regionBest Weather: 68th in the regionLargest Populations: 102nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 111th in the regionMost Stationary: 164th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 201st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 224th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 262nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 283rd in the regionTop
Most Cultured: 306th in the regionNicest Citizens: 406th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 416th in the regionMost Devout: 470th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 496th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 514th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 552nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 568th in the region

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