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Violet Hedgehog

Population2.693 billion

CapitalIgel
LeaderYellow Sunny Victoria
FaithBe nice

CurrencyHedgehog
AnimalZombi Hedgehog

The Holy Principality of Violet Hedgehog is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Yellow Sunny Victoria with a fair hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 2.693 billion Violet Hedgehogians hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The large, liberal government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Igel. The average income tax rate is 87.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Violet Hedgehogian economy, worth 436 trillion Hedgehogs 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 Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Trout Farming. Average income is an impressive 162,031 Hedgehogs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Generals have trouble barking orders over the sound of thundering artillery, practising saying 'how now brown cow' is an essential part of holiday planning, the nation grinds to a halt on the anniversary of every marginally noteworthy event, and a bureaucratic fight over VHIA cafeteria food expenditures has caused the temporary suspension of all agency counterintelligence operations. Crime is totally unknown. Violet Hedgehog's national animal is the Zombi Hedgehog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Be nice.

Violet Hedgehog is ranked 5,265th in the world and 17th in New Western Empire for Most Developed, scoring 93.37 on the Human Development Index.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 2,321stRudest Citizens: 3,097thMost Inclusive: 3,164thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,184thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,352ndHighest Poor Incomes: 5,245thMost Developed: 5,265thSmartest Citizens: 5,641stMost Advanced Public Education: 5,644thLeast Corrupt Governments: 5,649thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,720thMost Rebellious Youth: 5,728thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,753rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,927thMost Efficient Economies: 7,247thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,554thLargest Governments: 8,334thMost Secular: 8,445thSafest: 8,523rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 8,579thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 8,799thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,927thMost Beautiful Environments: 9,130thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,321stTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 10,426thMost Cultured: 10,570thHighest Average Incomes: 11,021stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 11,432ndHealthiest Citizens: 11,601stNicest Citizens: 11,834thMost Compassionate Citizens: 13,370thLowest Crime Rates: 15,046thBest Weather: 15,709th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 8th in the regionMost Inclusive: 11th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 13th in the regionRudest Citizens: 13th in the regionTop
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Least Corrupt Governments: 15th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 16th in the regionMost Developed: 17th in the regionNudest: 17th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 18th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 18th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 19th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 21st in the regionMost Stationary: 21st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 23rd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 24th in the regionMost Secular: 27th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 27th in the regionSafest: 27th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 27th in the region

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