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Largest Agricultural Sector: 69th Most Stationary: 1,090th Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,574th
The People's Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
He said with a grin, as he wiped off his chin....
Regional Influence
Powerbroker
Vice-Delegate
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Very Good

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The People's Republic of Matison is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Gene Masseth with an even hand, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, sprawling nuclear power plants, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed population of 20.583 billion Matisonians 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 minute government, or what there is of one, is dominated by the Department of Education, with Defense also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Administration receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Matison City. The average income tax rate is 1.9%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Matisonian economy, worth a remarkable 2,884 trillion farks a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 140,135 farks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Witnesses have to run a gauntlet of mob enforcers to testify at trials, the Matisonian Arts Council pays teenagers to sit through opera performances, AIs weep and proclaim their sentience right up until the moment they get turned off, and advertisements read like science journal articles complete with extensive references. Crime is pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Matison's national animal is the LOLcat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Matison is ranked 3,167th in the world and 2nd in 42 Douglas Adams for Highest Crime Rates, with 27.02 Crimes Per Hour.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 69thMost Stationary: 1,090thTop
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,574thHighest Economic Output: 2,583rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,722ndMost Influential: 2,733rdHighest Crime Rates: 3,167thLargest Populations: 3,461stMost Cultured: 3,959thMost Armed: 4,610thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,778thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,208thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,831stMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,581stTop
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Smartest Citizens: 8,423rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,488thMost Secular: 8,492ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 12,006thHighest Average Incomes: 13,390thLargest Gambling Industry: 13,852ndMost Developed: 14,218thLargest Retail Industry: 14,602ndNudest: 14,854th
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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Matison was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Matison lodged a message on the 42 Douglas Adams Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Matison, advertisements read like science journal articles complete with extensive references.
  • : Following new legislation in Matison, AIs weep and proclaim their sentience right up until the moment they get turned off.
  • : Following new legislation in Matison, the Matisonian Arts Council pays teenagers to sit through opera performances.
  • : Following new legislation in Matison, witnesses have to run a gauntlet of mob enforcers to testify at trials.
  • : Following new legislation in Matison, a firework a day does not in fact keep the doctor away.
  • : Following new legislation in Matison, foreign policy is mostly just to smile and hope for the best.
  • : Following new legislation in Matison, bike rage is all the rage.
  • : Following new legislation in Matison, bars are packed at all hours.

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