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Spirit of Hope

Population17.901 billion

LeaderAlfred Wardson


The United Republic of Spirit of Hope is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Alfred Wardson with a fair hand, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, democratic, devout population of 17.901 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 50.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Spirit of Hopean economy, worth a remarkable 2,511 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 reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 140,315 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 278th in the world and 1st in Argo for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Most Efficient Economies: 278thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,721stTop
Most Rebellious Youth: 1,784thMost Stationary: 2,568thLargest Black Market: 3,606thHighest Economic Output: 4,303rdMost Influential: 5,537thMost Cultured: 6,065thLargest Populations: 6,336thHighest Crime Rates: 6,721stSmartest Citizens: 7,290thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,870thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,122ndMost Developed: 8,153rdTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 8,846thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,031stMost Beautiful Environments: 9,257thMost Armed: 9,688thMost Subsidized Industry: 10,332ndMost Advanced Public Education: 10,476thFattest Citizens: 10,766thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,611thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,015thLargest Retail Industry: 14,711thHighest Average Incomes: 15,101stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,575thHighest Disposable Incomes: 16,903rd

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