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Most Rebellious Youth: 1,689thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,801stMost Stationary: 2,286th
The United Republic of
Civil Rights Lovefest
Hope is the Spirit of Freedom
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Spirit of Hope

Population20.705 billion

CapitalHaless
LeaderAlfred Wardson

CurrencyMark
AnimalElephant

The United Republic of Spirit of Hope is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Alfred Wardson with a fair hand, and notable for its smutty television, public floggings, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic, devout population of 20.705 billion Experiment Subjects hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, liberal government prioritizes Education, with Industry, Healthcare, and Defense also on the agenda, while Spirituality is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Haless. The average income tax rate is 51.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Spirit of Hopean economy, worth a remarkable 2,908 trillion Marks a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Tourism, and Retail. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 140,475 Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid, fancy dress parties are raided by military police for new recruits, all tariffs have been abolished, and citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over Spirit of Hope. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Spirit of Hope's national animal is the Elephant, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Spirit of Hope is ranked 41,648th in the world and 2nd in Argo for Most Politically Free, scoring 75.9 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Rebellious Youth: 1,689thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,801stTop
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Most Stationary: 2,286thHighest Economic Output: 4,436thLargest Black Market: 5,448thLargest Populations: 5,858thMost Cultured: 6,034thMost Influential: 6,431stHighest Crime Rates: 6,931stSmartest Citizens: 7,606thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,172ndHighest Poor Incomes: 8,510thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8,861stMost Beautiful Environments: 9,071stTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,587thMost Efficient Economies: 10,828thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,120thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,362ndFattest Citizens: 11,593rdMost Developed: 12,311thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,547thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,176thMost Armed: 15,632ndHighest Average Incomes: 15,822ndLargest Retail Industry: 16,760thHighest Disposable Incomes: 16,948thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,820thMost Cheerful Citizens: 19,224th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Spirit of Hope was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Spirit of Hope was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport.
  • : Spirit of Hope was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Developed and Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Spirit of Hope was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Spirit of Hope was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Spirit of Hope was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Spirit of Hope was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Fattest Citizens.
  • : Spirit of Hope was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Efficient Economies and Most Advanced Public Education and the Top 10% for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Spirit of Hope was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Extensive Public Healthcare.
  • : Spirit of Hope was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.

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