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Purple Hyacinth

Population463 million


AnimalPhantom Scythe

The Republic of Purple Hyacinth is a huge, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its museums and concert halls, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 463 million Purple Hyacinthians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ardhalis. The average income tax rate is 78.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Purple Hyacinthian economy, worth 24.7 trillion flowers a year, is highly specialized and led by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 53,434 flowers, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

It is rumoured that Leader uses a magic 8-ball to make policy decisions, the new "Bloodbath" orange tree autonomously seeks and destroys independent orchards, balaclava manufacturers are held criminally culpable for bank heists, and the 'Museum Of Stuff We Stole' is a tourist favourite. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Purple Hyacinth's national animal is the Phantom Scythe, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Purple Hyacinth is ranked 166,516th in the world and 6,238th in the South Pacific for Fattest Citizens, with 8.47 Obesity Rate.

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