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Most Primitive: 1,170thBest Weather: 1,502ndMost Devout: 1,808th
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Old Hope

Population13.566 billion

CapitalOld Hope City
LeaderThe Shadow


The Red Garden of Old Hope is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Shadow with a fair hand, and remarkable for its prohibition of alcohol, compulsory military service, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless, devout population of 13.566 billion Old Hopeans enjoy great social freedoms and frequent elections, where the majority of the populace regularly votes to increase its benefits at the expense of various hapless minorities.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, outspoken government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Administration, Environment, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Old Hope City. The average income tax rate is 79.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Old Hopean economy, worth 796 trillion Feathers a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, extremely specialized black market in Cheese Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 58,744 Feathers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Soldiers are equipped with multi-million Feather battlesuits, high school bands practice by moonlight, the government is telling wizards to put their heart into their work, and police detectives carry phrenology calipers as part of their standard kit. Crime, especially youth-related, is well under control, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Old Hope's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Old Hope is ranked 205,202nd in the world and 4,070th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring zero on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

Most Primitive: 1,170thBest Weather: 1,502ndMost Devout: 1,808thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,207thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,960thLargest Black Market: 6,097thMost Armed: 6,822ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7,407thHealthiest Citizens: 10,440thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 14,747thHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,905thLeast Corrupt Governments: 16,132ndMost Income Equality: 17,779thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,467thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,156thLargest Populations: 20,934th
Most Devout: 40th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 45th in the regionMost Primitive: 47th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 66th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 86th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 146th in the regionMost Armed: 164th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 237th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 303rd in the regionMost Politically Free: 318th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 334th in the regionLargest Black Market: 376th in the regionLargest Populations: 386th in the regionRudest Citizens: 417th in the regionMost Income Equality: 417th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Old Hope was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Old Hope voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Factory Farming Ban".
  • : Old Hope was endorsed by The Supreme Peaceful Enlightened of Andromeda Islands.
  • : Old Hope voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Declaration on Hippopotamuses".
  • : Old Hope voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Epidemic Investigation Act".
  • : Old Hope voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Drop Your Pants".
  • : Old Hope voted against the World Assembly Resolution "On Interregional Recruitment".
  • : Old Hope's influence in The Rejected Realms rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Old Hope voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Recognition of the General Assembly".
  • : Old Hope was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.


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