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Hverland

Population784 million

CapitalBreíddalsvík
LeaderSólbrún Hallgrímsdóttir

CurrencyHverlandic Mynt
AnimalPuffin

The Nation of Hverland is a huge, cultured nation, ruled by Sólbrún Hallgrímsdóttir with a fair hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, ban on automobiles, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 784 million Hverlanders 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 Welfare, Administration, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Breíddalsvík. The average income tax rate is 69.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Hverlandian economy, worth 55.4 trillion Hverlandic Mynts a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is 70,600 Hverlandic Mynts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The thin blue line is composed of picketing police officers demanding better pensions, confessions don't count if suffixed with "izzle", dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines', and teachers are skilled at leaving no evidence of child cruelty. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hverland's national animal is the Puffin, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Hverland is ranked 26,800th in the world and 421st in Europe for Most Developed, scoring 77.5 on the Human Development Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,976thMost Influential: 5,017thLargest Welfare Programs: 6,234thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,763rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,234thMost Devout: 10,502ndMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,586thNicest Citizens: 10,824thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,846thMost Pacifist: 13,155thBest Weather: 16,699thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 20,732ndLongest Average Lifespans: 20,837thLargest Insurance Industry: 21,024thMost Beautiful Environments: 21,358thMost Inclusive: 22,165thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 22,390thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 22,986thMost Cheerful Citizens: 23,532ndHealthiest Citizens: 23,638th
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 65th in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 85th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 88th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 111th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 120th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hverland, teachers are skilled at leaving no evidence of child cruelty.
  • : Following new legislation in Hverland, dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines'.
  • : Hverland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Eco-Friendly Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Hverland, confessions don't count if suffixed with "izzle".
  • : Following new legislation in Hverland, the thin blue line is composed of picketing police officers demanding better pensions.
  • : Following new legislation in Hverland, religious turf wars have caused frustrated police to pray for divine intervention.
  • : Following new legislation in Hverland, you're never too young to learn how to lie with confidence.
  • : Hverland voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Convicted Voters".
  • : Hverland was endorsed by The Most Serene Republic of The Axis of Death.
  • : Hverland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens and Most Inclusive.

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