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Most Income Equality: 1,712th
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North Handoria

Population278 million


The Principality of North Handoria is a huge, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its punitive income tax rates, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 278 million North Handorians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Law & Order, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 69.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant North Handorian economy, worth 1.92 trillion Pesos a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming and Beef-Based Agriculture. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 6,908 Pesos, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Surveillance cameras are banned, a well-funded social safety net protects the unfortunate, the people consider response to rudeness to be an acceptable casus belli, and tourists from around the world come to visit the country's famous rainforests. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. North Handoria's national animal is the Seagull, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

North Handoria is ranked 209,212th in the world and 191st in Atlantian Oceania for Rudest Citizens, with 12.45 Insults Per Minute.

Most Income Equality: 1,712th
Most Income Equality: 1st in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 12th in the regionMost Extreme: 16th in the region

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