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Most Primitive: 1,121stBest Weather: 1,458thMost Devout: 1,682nd
The Red Garden of
Tyranny by Majority
We don't know.
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
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Old Hope

Population11.728 billion

CapitalOld Hope City
LeaderThe Shadow

CurrencyFeather
AnimalPhoenix

The Red Garden of Old Hope is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Shadow with a fair hand, and notable for its lack of airports, frequent executions, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless, devout population of 11.728 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.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, moralistic, socially-minded, outspoken morass — 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 76.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The very strong Old Hopean economy, worth 654 trillion Feathers a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, 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 55,764 Feathers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little 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 is moderate, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Old Hope's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Old Hope is ranked 225,045th in the world and 6,348th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -22.42 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Most Primitive: 1,121stBest Weather: 1,458thMost Devout: 1,682ndTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,675thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,988thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,230thMost Armed: 4,963rdLargest Black Market: 5,496thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,401stHealthiest Citizens: 10,106thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10,616thTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 13,778thLeast Corrupt Governments: 18,494thHighest Average Tax Rates: 18,632ndLargest Populations: 21,578th
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Most Devout: 33rd in the regionBest Weather: 43rd in the regionTop
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Most Primitive: 68th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 70th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 80th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 86th in the regionMost Armed: 135th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 183rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 219th in the regionLargest Black Market: 271st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 302nd in the regionTop
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Most Politically Free: 330th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 358th in the regionLargest Populations: 385th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 447th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 494th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 534th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 569th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 621st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Old Hope voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Ending School Segregation".
  • : Old Hope was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements and the Top 10% for Largest Populations.
  • : Old Hope was endorsed by The Free Land of United Libor Lefunkistan.
  • : Old Hope's influence in The Rejected Realms rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Old Hope was endorsed by The Lucky Question Mark﹖ of Makdon.
  • : Following new legislation in Old Hope, police detectives carry phrenology calipers as part of their standard kit.
  • : Following new legislation in Old Hope, the government is telling wizards to put their heart into their work.
  • : Following new legislation in Old Hope, high school bands practice by moonlight.
  • : Following new legislation in Old Hope, soldiers are equipped with multi-million Feather battlesuits.
  • : Old Hope was endorsed by The Republic of Zachriel.

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