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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 249thMost Influential: 1,939thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,117th
The Democratic Minion's Republic of
Corrupt Dictatorship
I will not coup the South Pacific; I swear
Dear Leader Joseth Spongister
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom

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The Haughtherlands

Population1.19 billion

CapitalLiquorice Lagoon
LeaderDear Leader Joseth Spongister

CurrencySponge Sterling
AnimalKitchen Sponge

The Democratic Minion's Republic of The Haughtherlands is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Dear Leader Joseth Spongister with an iron fist, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, state-planned economy, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, cynical population of 1.19 billion Theditches are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, socially-minded 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 84.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Haughtherlandsian economy, worth 90.2 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 dominated by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 75,839 Sponge Sterlings, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The comic book series 'Dear Leader Joseth Spongister and the Villainous Corporate Cronies' is a best-seller, police officers often conceal their identities to safeguard against public complaints, Dear Leader Joseth Spongister is the self-declared God of all The Haughtherlands, and the government seeks peaceful forum with terrorists. 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 153,315th in the world and 6,713th in the South Pacific for Largest Retail Industry, scoring 271.57 on the Shrinkwrap Consignment Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 249thMost Influential: 1,939thTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,117thSafest: 5,850thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,873rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,077thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,160thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,365thMost Pacifist: 11,205thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,516thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,209thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,447thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 13,366thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,059thHealthiest Citizens: 15,813thMost Compassionate Citizens: 16,068thMost Income Equality: 16,443rdNicest Citizens: 16,854thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,367thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 17,469thMost Secular: 18,893rdBest Weather: 19,074thLargest Governments: 19,899thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,942ndMost Beautiful Environments: 21,290thMost Advanced Public Education: 22,525thHighest Poor Incomes: 25,057th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 41st in the regionTop
Safest: 191st in the regionMost Influential: 196th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 209th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 231st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 238th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 298th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 304th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 326th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 342nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 356th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 361st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 399th in the regionMost Pacifist: 449th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 495th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 504th in the regionLargest Governments: 525th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 553rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 571st in the regionMost Secular: 582nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 595th in the regionBest Weather: 596th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 608th in the regionNicest Citizens: 624th in the regionMost Patriotic: 630th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 641st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 672nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 731st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 800th in the regionMost Income Equality: 828th in the region

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