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Largest Welfare Programs: 2,231stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,579thMost Pacifist: 3,351st
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New South Hope

Population810 million

CapitalNewton City


The Free Land of New South Hope is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Dash with a fair hand, and renowned for its daily referendums, state-planned economy, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 810 million New South Hopeans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Newton City. The average income tax rate is 91.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient New South Hopean economy, worth 89.2 trillion newtons 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 mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 110,100 newtons, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Parents seeking custody have to write a five-thousand word analysis of their child's imaginary friend, state dairy cow's milk is a shear-thickening fluid that can stop small-caliber bullets, politicians accost strangers in the street to ask their problems, and nations that kill a New South Hopean can expect a strongly worded letter. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. New South Hope's national animal is the caracal, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

New South Hope is ranked 106,487th in the world and 4,182nd in The East Pacific for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 1,365.1 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Largest Welfare Programs: 2,231stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,579thMost Pacifist: 3,351stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,724thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,917thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,232ndNicest Citizens: 4,633rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,942ndSafest: 4,945thMost Influential: 5,260thMost Inclusive: 5,795thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,593rdMost Advanced Public Education: 6,607thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,799thHealthiest Citizens: 7,052ndMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,373rdBest Weather: 8,230thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,458thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,656thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,100thLargest Governments: 10,182ndMost Developed: 10,256thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 10,593rdMost Beautiful Environments: 10,718thSmartest Citizens: 11,056thHighest Poor Incomes: 12,562ndMost Secular: 13,023rdMost Cheerful Citizens: 13,555thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,827thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,971stMost Cultured: 17,041stMost Politically Free: 18,919thMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,946th
Largest Welfare Programs: 53rd in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 56th in the regionTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 112th in the regionMost Pacifist: 117th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 139th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 144th in the regionSafest: 145th in the regionNicest Citizens: 151st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 174th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 183rd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 186th in the regionMost Inclusive: 190th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 199th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 208th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 236th in the regionBest Weather: 248th in the regionLargest Governments: 249th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 252nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 270th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 293rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 301st in the regionMost Developed: 303rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 307th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 328th in the regionMost Influential: 353rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 387th in the regionMost Politically Free: 397th in the regionTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 426th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 428th in the regionMost Secular: 445th in the regionMost Cultured: 450th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 451st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 524th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 704th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 760th in the region

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