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Most Influential: 631stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 881stMost Pacifist: 1,189th
The United Democracy of
Scandinavian Liberal Paradise Normal
Freedom in Equality
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Excellent
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Matterland

Population18.026 billion

CapitalSolace
LeaderXanderal

CurrencyMatt
AnimalBear

The United Democracy of Matterland is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Xanderal with an even hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, digital currency, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 18.026 billion Matterlandians enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Solace. The average income tax rate is 97.5%.

The very strong Matterlandian economy, worth a remarkable 2,117 trillion Matts a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. Average income is an impressive 117,496 Matts, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars, clergy who start talking about politics are forced to take a holy vow of silence, pareidolic SETI scientists swear there's a message from aliens hidden within pi, and the nation is currently revamping its entire education system. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Matterland's national animal is the Bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Matterland is ranked 5,504th in the world and 81st in 10000 Islands for Lowest Crime Rates, with 108.12 Law-abiding Acts Per Hour.

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Most Influential: 631stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 881stMost Pacifist: 1,189thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,464thSafest: 1,494thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,553rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 1,578thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,623rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 2,011thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,115thHealthiest Citizens: 2,319thMost Stationary: 2,339thTop
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Best Weather: 2,456thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,529thLongest Average Lifespans: 2,602ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,878thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,973rdMost Advanced Public Education: 3,275thNicest Citizens: 3,553rdMost Cultured: 3,828thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,916thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,103rdSmartest Citizens: 4,136thLargest Governments: 4,585thLowest Crime Rates: 5,504thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,824thHighest Economic Output: 7,753rdMost Inclusive: 9,924thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,159thLargest Populations: 10,177thMost Secular: 11,631stHighest Poor Incomes: 12,135thTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 13,958thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,381stMost Subsidized Industry: 21,281stMost Developed: 21,859th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 23rd in the regionMost Stationary: 24th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 24th in the regionMost Pacifist: 24th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 25th in the regionSafest: 30th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 32nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 41st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 43rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 45th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 49th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 51st in the regionBest Weather: 53rd in the regionTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 58th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 59th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 64th in the regionLargest Governments: 64th in the regionMost Influential: 66th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 66th in the regionMost Cultured: 70th in the regionNicest Citizens: 70th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 81st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 82nd in the regionLargest Populations: 99th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 102nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 106th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Matterland was endorsed by The Trading Card Nation of Dorab.
  • : Matterland was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Matterland, the nation is currently revamping its entire education system.
  • : Following new legislation in Matterland, pareidolic SETI scientists swear there's a message from aliens hidden within pi.
  • : Matterland was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Following new legislation in Matterland, clergy who start talking about politics are forced to take a holy vow of silence.
  • : Following new legislation in Matterland, signs at the border tell international drivers where they can put their cars.
  • : Following new legislation in Matterland, smoking is banned in public areas.
  • : Following new legislation in Matterland, third world countries are rich in "I Love Solace" t-shirts.
  • : Matterland was endorsed by The Glacieri of Alemputo.

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