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Most Primitive: 1,183rdBest Weather: 1,445thMost Devout: 1,787th
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Old Hope

Population12.938 billion

CapitalOld Hope City
LeaderThe Shadow


The Red Garden of Old Hope is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Shadow with a fair hand, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, pith helmet sales, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless, devout population of 12.938 billion Old Hopeans love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, outspoken government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Administration, Environment, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Old Hope City. The average income tax rate is 78.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Old Hopean economy, worth 748 trillion Feathers a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, extremely specialized black market in Cheese 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. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 57,869 Feathers, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Soldiers are equipped with multi-million Feather battlesuits, high school bands practice by moonlight, the government is telling wizards to put their heart into their work, and police detectives carry phrenology calipers as part of their standard kit. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Old Hope's national animal is the Phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Old Hope is ranked 1,183rd in the world and 23rd in Forest for Most Primitive, scoring 219.67 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Most Primitive: 1,183rdBest Weather: 1,445thMost Devout: 1,787thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,159thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 2,915thLargest Black Market: 6,184thMost Armed: 6,394thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,736thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7,096thHealthiest Citizens: 10,534thMost Influential: 10,601stTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 16,502ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 16,706thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,875thMost Income Equality: 20,018thLargest Populations: 21,475thMost Advanced Public Education: 22,275th
Most Devout: 20th in the regionMost Primitive: 23rd in the regionTop
Most Armed: 25th in the regionLargest Black Market: 32nd in the region

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