by Max Barry

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Nudest: 1,346thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,692ndMost Influential: 3,403rd
The United Socialist States of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Justice! Dissent! Solidarity! Prosperity!
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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Population1.066 billion

LeaderMatthew van Hardwick

AnimalPrairie Cat

The United Socialist States of Prairiegrass is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Matthew van Hardwick with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, smutty television, and enforced nudity. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.066 billion Prairiegrassians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded, outspoken government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Felinapolis. The average income tax rate is 93.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Prairiegrassian economy, worth 47.6 trillion Wheatons a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 44,655 Wheatons, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Matthew van Hardwick to meetings with foreign heads of state, government ministers sport new billboards that read 'Will Trade Votes for Private Members' Bill Support', it can be a real jungle in a modern courtroom, and the government's official stance on religion is that it is so very silly. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Prairiegrass's national animal is the Prairie Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Prairiegrass is ranked 20,062nd in the world and 613th in the South Pacific for Smartest Citizens, with 62.39 quips per hour.

Nudest: 1,346thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1,692ndTop
Most Influential: 3,403rdMost Pacifist: 5,518thSafest: 5,603rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,605thBest Weather: 6,826thMost Beautiful Environments: 8,166thHealthiest Citizens: 8,482ndMost Cultured: 9,215thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,369thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,483rdNicest Citizens: 10,334thMost Income Equality: 10,558thMost Secular: 11,510thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,569thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,625thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,952ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,048thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,286thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 14,895thHighest Food Quality: 15,360thLargest Governments: 15,996thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,200thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,588thSmartest Citizens: 20,062ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 23,096thMost Valuable International Artwork: 24,622ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 25,837th
Nudest: 31st in the regionTop
Safest: 176th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 186th in the regionMost Pacifist: 199th in the regionBest Weather: 223rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 250th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 262nd in the regionMost Cultured: 267th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 271st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 329th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 329th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 355th in the regionNicest Citizens: 356th in the regionMost Secular: 362nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 371st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 381st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 402nd in the regionMost Influential: 405th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 407th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 423rd in the regionLargest Governments: 426th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 485th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 520th in the regionMost Income Equality: 559th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 613th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 614th in the regionTop
Most Patriotic: 640th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 696th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 717th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 989th in the regionMost Politically Free: 1,034th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,088th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Prairiegrass was endorsed by The Insane Zombie Nudist Colony of LadyRebels.
  • : Prairiegrass voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Safe Disposal of Nuclear Waste".
  • : Following new legislation in Prairiegrass, the government's official stance on religion is that it is so very silly.
  • : Following new legislation in Prairiegrass, it can be a real jungle in a modern courtroom.
  • : Following new legislation in Prairiegrass, government ministers sport new billboards that read 'Will Trade Votes for Private Members' Bill Support'.
  • : Following new legislation in Prairiegrass, psychiatrists bizarrely accompany Matthew van Hardwick to meetings with foreign heads of state.
  • : Following new legislation in Prairiegrass, East Lebatuckese astronauts' favorite game during downtime on the Multinational Space Station is 'I Spy'.
  • : Following new legislation in Prairiegrass, every new building project has to undergo a five-year environmental impact study before it can go ahead.
  • : Following new legislation in Prairiegrass, extraordinary tribunals try accused financial criminals.
  • : Prairiegrass was endorsed by The Kingdom of Shadeth.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 127 » Hong Kong Kowloon and New Territories, Holota, Tepertopia, Shuckle Empire, Kanatian Percocet, Pencil Sharpeners 2, Beblahbleblo, Yaravia, Corgitopiaa, Bawkie, Achemar, Tsunamy, Nowa Europa, Bleakfoot, Wehraboos, Arscanesia, Chernaya Zvezda, Land Without Shrimp, Treir, Farengeto, Komarovo, Cucutenium, PenguinPies, Rebel-topia, Holy Free, Amerion, Shefino, Sou Avida, Andrendia, Eleuthelrium, Ebonhand, Drew Durrnil, The Haughtherlands, Kringalia, Willing Mind, Ever Testing, Erstavik, Volaworand, Castraebar, Aidenfieeld, 073 039 109 032 080 111 112 112 121, Berusturg, Jehenna, The Solar System Scope, A Place Somewhere, Linguiniland, Mavenu, Drystar, Makinius, Ostavaria, and 77 others.Darakin, Donat Invadia, Noire Denholm, Villa Caruso, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Yellunstryer, Ipugao, Kantamaria, Mom Theate, Sedunn, Andinla, Damn Frigid Wastelands, Aurcania, North Kanuckistan, Eastern Bahia, Venezia Pacifica, Zataras, Brazilian impero2, Concrete Slab, Flumenvallis, Esterwood, Leighester, North Pernambuco, South Pernambuco, Leimarite Empire, The Island of Sorna, Avacquer, Penguis Empire, Oppalli, Froshar, Some Great Peope, Fritata, Abarri, Saint Roberts, New Cons Ryaklant, Orizzia, Southern Numenor, The United Pirate Cities of Flotilla, HighTech Commonwealth, Greneria, Myhomecountry, The Stolen Lands, The republic of Konsa, Menesynchro, Greater Planestic, Karatengisa, New Crownea, The Dalmaric Coast, Antarctic Empires, Imperium Sempiternum, Cilibia, Great Lothian, Wildweststan, ARIAPOLIS01, Lauramerica, Baron Ungern and Tzar Nicholas, Nill Vill, Centristvill, New American Dictatorship, Bonobiana, Aoz, Gracca, TescoPepsi, Calistan, Mnemnovia, Fighting Kawi Ninja, Tyrantistica, Shintoese, Distalkis, Zamkadishi, Comfed, Antwerpen1, Blondiesland, Bistritza, Lynxaion, Shadeth, and LadyRebels.