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Nudest: 1,175thMost Influential: 3,344thMost Pacifist: 5,813th
The United Socialist States of
Liberal Democratic Socialists Open-Minded Education State
Justice! Dissent! Solidarity! Prosperity!
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Newcomer
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Civil Rights
Below Average
Economy
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Political Freedom
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Prairiegrass

Population1.389 billion

CapitalFelinapolis
LeaderMatthew van Hardwick

CurrencyWheaton
AnimalPrairie Cat

The United Socialist States of Prairiegrass is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Matthew van Hardwick with a fair hand, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, state-planned economy, and ban on automobiles. The compassionate, democratic population of 1.389 billion Prairiegrassians 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, socially-minded, outspoken government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Felinapolis. The average income tax rate is 93.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Prairiegrassian economy, worth 64.0 trillion Wheatons a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is extremely specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming. State-owned companies are the norm. Average income is 46,057 Wheatons, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Clergy who start talking about politics are forced to take a holy vow of silence, children in school playgrounds can be heard chanting the hymns of the Order of Violet, giggling elementary school newspaper reporters want to know why Matthew van Hardwick is a silly poophead, and charged suspects often have to wait years before the courts have room to judge their trial. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Prairiegrass's national animal is the Prairie Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Prairiegrass is ranked 19,602nd in the world and 1,046th in Osiris for Smartest Citizens, with 63.15 quips per hour.

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Most Influential: 3,344thMost Pacifist: 5,813thSafest: 5,940thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,646thBest Weather: 6,673rdMost Beautiful Environments: 7,871stHealthiest Citizens: 8,474thMost Cultured: 9,278thMost Compassionate Citizens: 9,469thMost Income Equality: 9,738thNicest Citizens: 10,484thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,084thLeast Corrupt Governments: 11,187thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,662ndLargest Welfare Programs: 12,206thMost Secular: 12,397thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,477thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,239thTop
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Highest Food Quality: 15,151stLowest Crime Rates: 15,360thMost Advanced Public Education: 15,992ndLargest Governments: 16,052ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,863rdSmartest Citizens: 19,602ndMost Advanced Public Transport: 24,080thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 24,809thMost Valuable International Artwork: 25,725thMost Patriotic: 26,468th
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Most Influential: 23rd in the regionNudest: 52nd in the regionTop
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Most Income Equality: 162nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 292nd in the regionBest Weather: 294th in the regionSafest: 299th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 344th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 355th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 427th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 480th in the regionMost Cultured: 493rd in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 528th in the regionNicest Citizens: 537th in the regionMost Politically Free: 538th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 572nd in the regionMost Secular: 572nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 622nd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 649th in the region

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