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Highlock

Population11.269 billion

CapitalPretoria
LeaderColin Baines

CurrencyLock
AnimalFox

The Republic of Highlock is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Colin Baines with a fair hand, and notable for its hatred of cheese, punitive income tax rates, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, democratic population of 11.269 billion Highlockians 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.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, outspoken morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pretoria. The average income tax rate is 91.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The thriving Highlockian economy, worth 914 trillion Locks a year, is highly specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 81,141 Locks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

More sidewalk is dedicated to animals than people, the Museum of Blackacrean War Crimes is located on "Blackacre Did Nothing Wrong Avenue", internet moderator is one of the most popular jobs among the nation's more socially awkward citizens, and pre-takeoff checks last longer than the flights themselves. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Highlock's national animal is the Fox, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Highlock is ranked 237,657th in the world and 108th in Union of Allied States for Rudest Citizens, with 8.1 Insults Per Minute.

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Most Rebellious Youth: 12,280thHealthiest Citizens: 12,616thMost Cultured: 12,967thLargest Governments: 15,353rdLowest Crime Rates: 15,686thSafest: 16,140thSmartest Citizens: 16,257thHighest Economic Output: 20,381stMost Income Equality: 23,321stHighest Poor Incomes: 23,455th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 6th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 6th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 7th in the regionNicest Citizens: 7th in the regionNudest: 8th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 8th in the regionMost Inclusive: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 8th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 9th in the regionSafest: 9th in the regionMost Influential: 10th in the regionMost Income Equality: 10th in the region

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