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Most Income Equality: 9,632ndMost Extensive Civil Rights: 14,812thLeast Corrupt Governments: 19,402nd
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HorseAndCart

Population695 million

Currencylira
Animalturtle

The Federation of HorseAndCart is a huge, genial nation, renowned for its absence of drug laws, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 695 million HorseAndCartians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government prioritizes Welfare, although Education, Healthcare, and International Aid are also considered important, while Spirituality is ignored. The average income tax rate is 55.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant HorseAndCartian economy, worth 11.4 trillion lire a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Tourism, Cheese Exports, Woodchip Exports, and Pizza Delivery. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 16,380 lire, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Inter-species marriages are ignored by the government. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. HorseAndCart's national animal is the turtle.

HorseAndCart is ranked 215,988th in the world and 88th in Democratic Socialist Assembly for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -8.77 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 14,812thLeast Corrupt Governments: 19,402ndMost Extreme: 19,647thHighest Drug Use: 20,899thMost Politically Free: 22,438th
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Most Extreme: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 4th in the regionMost Primitive: 5th in the regionMost Income Equality: 7th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8th in the region

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