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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 259thMost Influential: 646thSafest: 3,431st
The Democratic Minion's Republic of
New York Times Democracy Corporate-Dominated Sham Democracy
I will not coup the South Pacific; I swear
Supreme Sponge Joseth Spongister
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The Haughtherlands

Population2.466 billion

CapitalLiquorice Lagoon
LeaderSupreme Sponge Joseth Spongister

CurrencySponge Sterling
AnimalKitchen Sponge

The Democratic Minion's Republic of The Haughtherlands is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Supreme Sponge Joseth Spongister with a fair hand, and notable for its state-planned economy, daily referendums, and irreverence towards religion. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.466 billion Theditches enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Administration, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Liquorice Lagoon. The average income tax rate is 88.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Haughtherlandsian economy, worth 230 trillion Sponge Sterlings 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 led by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 93,576 Sponge Sterlings, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sections of the police receive paramilitary training, anti-government political posters adorn every building like wallpaper, patriotic citizens chant "there's only one The Haughtherlands" at foreigners, and kids laugh off vandalism and arson as "just fun". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Haughtherlands's national animal is the Kitchen Sponge, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Spongism.

The Haughtherlands is ranked 6,764th in the world and 236th in the South Pacific for Least Corrupt Governments, with 94.82 percentage of bribes refused.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 259thMost Influential: 646thTop
Safest: 3,431stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 3,806thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,305thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,149thLeast Corrupt Governments: 6,764thLargest Welfare Programs: 7,255thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,447thMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,683rdMost Pacifist: 8,890thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,278thMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,805thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,366thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,737thTop
Nicest Citizens: 13,230thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,827thLowest Crime Rates: 14,001stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,256thHealthiest Citizens: 15,959thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,135thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,432ndLargest Governments: 16,671stBest Weather: 17,340thSmartest Citizens: 17,734thMost Secular: 18,327thHighest Food Quality: 19,501stMost Cultured: 21,164thMost Inclusive: 21,877thHighest Poor Incomes: 22,545thLargest Publishing Industry: 22,608th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 35th in the regionMost Influential: 37th in the regionTop
Safest: 103rd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 111th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 186th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 197th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 200th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 205th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 236th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 239th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 272nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 276th in the regionMost Pacifist: 327th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 386th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 393rd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 399th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 409th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 423rd in the regionLargest Governments: 466th in the regionNicest Citizens: 472nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 489th in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 515th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 518th in the regionBest Weather: 541st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 551st in the regionMost Secular: 568th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 650th in the regionMost Cultured: 659th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 669th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 680th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 690th in the regionMost Inclusive: 807th in the regionMost Developed: 851st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 945th in the region

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