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Most Rebellious Youth: 1,680thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,840thMost Stationary: 2,129th
The United Republic of
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Spirit of Hope

Population23.182 billion

CapitalHaless
LeaderAlfred Wardson

CurrencyMark
AnimalElephant

The United Republic of Spirit of Hope is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Alfred Wardson with a fair hand, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, sprawling nuclear power plants, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, democratic, devout population of 23.182 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, although Industry, Healthcare, and Environment are also considered important, 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 3,258 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 140,546 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 11,937th in the world and 2nd in Argo for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 9,833.7 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

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Most Rebellious Youth: 1,680thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,840thMost Stationary: 2,129thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 4,569thLargest Populations: 5,597thLargest Black Market: 5,948thMost Cultured: 6,264thMost Influential: 6,384thHighest Crime Rates: 6,596thSmartest Citizens: 8,018thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,797thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9,713thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,950thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,407thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,592ndMost Advanced Public Education: 11,937thTop
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Fattest Citizens: 12,065thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,527thMost Efficient Economies: 12,617thMost Developed: 13,373rdHighest Food Quality: 14,128thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,641stHighest Disposable Incomes: 15,722ndMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,155thHighest Average Incomes: 16,449thLargest Retail Industry: 16,950thMost Armed: 17,994thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19,524thMost Cheerful Citizens: 20,715thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21,533rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 23,467th

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  • : Spirit of Hope was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : 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 Scientifically Advanced.
  • : Spirit of Hope was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Spirit of Hope was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights and Highest Food Quality.
  • : Spirit of Hope was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Spirit of Hope was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Efficient Economies.
  • : Spirit of Hope's influence in Argo fell from "Hermit" to "Dominator".
  • : Spirit of Hope's influence in Argo rose from "Dominator" to "Hermit".
  • : Spirit of Hope was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.

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