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Highest Drug Use: 1,066thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1,107thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,242nd
The Hippie Free for All of
Left-wing Utopia
Every man and every woman is a star.
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Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
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Ishankh

Population877 million

CapitalAgape Poli
LeaderPrincess Astarte

Currencyhug
Animalsea snake

The Hippie Free for All of Ishankh is a huge, efficient nation, ruled by Princess Astarte with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, sprawling nuclear power plants, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 877 million Ishankhians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Agape Poli. The average income tax rate is 84.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Ishankhian economy, worth 73.9 trillion hugs a year, is highly specialized and mostly made up of the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Gambling. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 84,296 hugs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Lavish state dinners in Agape Poli are the state's leading budgetary expenditure, it turns out you can teach cats new tricks, refugees from other nations are flocking to Ishankh's border, and research into 'designer babies' is banned. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ishankh's national animal is the sea snake, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Ishankh is ranked 36,922nd in the world and 132nd in The Free Nations Region for Smartest Citizens, with 43.12 quips per hour.

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Highest Drug Use: 1,066thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1,107thLargest Welfare Programs: 2,242ndTop
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Most Cheerful Citizens: 4,322ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 4,886thBest Weather: 5,736thNicest Citizens: 6,078thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,259thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,700thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,830thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,737thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,496thMost Devout: 8,505thMost Valuable International Artwork: 9,302ndNudest: 9,398thMost Influential: 10,583rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,778thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,222ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,595thTop
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Most Inclusive: 13,224thMost Cultured: 14,169thHighest Food Quality: 14,435thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,337thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,499thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,597thMost Pacifist: 19,963rdSafest: 21,422ndMost Subsidized Industry: 21,685thLargest Governments: 22,812thHighest Poor Incomes: 25,067th
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Highest Drug Use: 1st in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 1st in the regionTop
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Largest Welfare Programs: 9th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 11th in the regionNudest: 14th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 16th in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 18th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 19th in the regionMost Devout: 20th in the regionMost Extreme: 24th in the regionMost Politically Free: 25th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 26th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 28th in the regionNicest Citizens: 32nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 33rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 33rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 35th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Ishankh voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Haku".
  • : Following new legislation in Ishankh, research into 'designer babies' is banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Ishankh, refugees from other nations are flocking to Ishankh's border.
  • : Following new legislation in Ishankh, it turns out you can teach cats new tricks.
  • : Following new legislation in Ishankh, lavish state dinners in Agape Poli are the state's leading budgetary expenditure.
  • : Following new legislation in Ishankh, CEOs and corporate executives are frequently found striking for better stock options.
  • : Following new legislation in Ishankh, the art of conversation has been rediscovered.
  • : Following new legislation in Ishankh, former arsonists can be found on local fire brigades.
  • : Ishankh voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Free, Open Source Software Use".
  • : Following new legislation in Ishankh, there's an aura of pseudoscience around academia.

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