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Most Primitive: 7,918thHighest Drug Use: 11,578thMost Income Equality: 14,591st
The Borderlands of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise Normal
Hulder protects all
Influence
Eminence Grise
Founder
Region
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Fragile
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Hulderswath

Population3.743 billion

Currencyhulder's nails
AnimalHulder

The Borderlands of Hulderswath is a massive, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its ban on automobiles, absence of drug laws, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic, devout population of 3.743 billion Hulderswathians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The medium-sized, liberal, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Welfare, and Education. The average income tax rate is 38.3%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but sluggish Hulderswathian economy, worth 88.0 trillion hulder's nails a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Basket Weaving, Book Publishing, and Woodchip Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 23,508 hulder's nails, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Poaching has been on the rise after animals from the nation's zoos were released into the wild, refugees from other nations are flocking to Hulderswath's border, park rangers struggle to deal with a rash of stolen pic-a-nic baskets, and Leader has no checks and balances after the upper house was abolished. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Hulderswath's national animal is the Hulder, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hulderswath is ranked 193,741st in the world and 8th in Wanderswath for Most Developed, scoring 45.6 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Primitive: 7,918thTop
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Highest Drug Use: 11,578thMost Income Equality: 14,591stMost Cheerful Citizens: 20,374th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Hulderswath was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Drug Use and the Top 10% for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Hulderswath was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Drug Use.
  • : Hulderswath was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extensive Civil Rights.
  • : Following new legislation in Hulderswath, Leader has no checks and balances after the upper house was abolished.
  • : Hulderswath suppressed a post on the Wanderswath Regional Message Board.
  • : Hulderswath unsuppressed a post on the Wanderswath Regional Message Board.
  • : Hulderswath suppressed a post on the Wanderswath Regional Message Board.
  • : Hulderswath updated the World Factbook entry in Wanderswath.
  • : Hulderswath lodged a message on the Wanderswath Regional Message Board.
  • : Hulderswath's influence in Wanderswath fell from "Powerbroker" to "Eminence Grise".

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