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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 371stMost Influential: 749thSafest: 3,753rd
The Democratic Minion's Republic of
New York Times Democracy
I will not coup the South Pacific; I swear
Supreme Sponge Joseth Spongister
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

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The Haughtherlands

Population2.178 billion

CapitalLiquorice Lagoon
LeaderSupreme Sponge Joseth Spongister

CurrencySponge Sterling
AnimalKitchen Sponge

The Democratic Minion's Republic of The Haughtherlands is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Supreme Sponge Joseth Spongister with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, prohibition of alcohol, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.178 billion Theditches enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Liquorice Lagoon. The average income tax rate is 88.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Haughtherlandsian economy, worth 198 trillion Sponge Sterlings a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 91,227 Sponge Sterlings, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Bemused schoolkids colour in their favourite quadratic equations with crayons, there's no cure or sympathy for the common cold, satellite images show safe electoral constituencies in complete darkness, and prison visits increase substantially during election years. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Haughtherlands's national animal is the Kitchen Sponge, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Spongism.

The Haughtherlands is ranked 16,846th in the world and 532nd in the South Pacific for Most Beautiful Environments, with 1,123.01 pounds of wildlife per square mile.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 371stMost Influential: 749thTop
Safest: 3,753rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,127thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,924thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,503rdLargest Welfare Programs: 7,836thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,909thMost Pacifist: 9,177thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,935thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,339thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,608thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,975thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,379thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,631stLowest Crime Rates: 13,158thTop
Nicest Citizens: 13,558thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,340thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,794thHealthiest Citizens: 15,600thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,903rdMost Beautiful Environments: 16,846thLargest Governments: 17,050thBest Weather: 17,445thMost Secular: 18,300thSmartest Citizens: 18,667thHighest Food Quality: 20,067thMost Inclusive: 21,536thMost Cultured: 23,036thHighest Poor Incomes: 23,501stLargest Publishing Industry: 26,686th
Most Influential: 44th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 52nd in the regionSafest: 120th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 133rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 189th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 218th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 226th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 235th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 290th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 291st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 344th in the regionMost Pacifist: 351st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 354th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 369th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 403rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 404th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 431st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 437th in the regionLargest Governments: 465th in the regionNicest Citizens: 486th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 498th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 501st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 532nd in the regionMost Secular: 552nd in the regionBest Weather: 554th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 571st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 597th in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 680th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 703rd in the regionMost Cultured: 705th in the regionMost Inclusive: 785th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 855th in the regionMost Developed: 892nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 992nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1,113th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1,126th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,144th in the regionMost Stationary: 1,195th in the region

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