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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 10thLargest Agricultural Sector: 7,497thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,555th
The Holy Empire of
Corporate Police State
From Fear, Happiness
Influence
Truckler
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Happiness-

Population6.788 billion

CapitalJoy
FaithChristianity

CurrencyTear
AnimalCougar

The Holy Empire of Happiness- is a colossal, efficient nation, notable for its keen interest in outer space, hatred of cheese, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 6.788 billion Happy People are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Joy. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 56.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Happy economy, worth 630 trillion Tears a year, is quite specialized and mostly made up of the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 92,826 Tears, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 396,176 per year while the poor average 13,970, a ratio of 28.4 to 1.

Happy farm salmon are known for being both horribly diseased and remarkably acrobatic, a doomsday device lies untouched in a public park (Happiness- has found 1 easter egg), there's a mortuary next to every Happy restaurant, and employers may fire workers without giving any reason. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Happiness-'s national animal is the Cougar, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Happiness- is ranked 73,848th in the world and 31st in The Bar on the corner of every region for Most Advanced Defense Forces, scoring 1,829.59 on the Total War Preparedness Rating.

Top
1%
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 10thTop
5%
Largest Agricultural Sector: 7,497thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,555thTop
10%
Largest Welfare Programs: 14,080thMost Devout: 18,760thMost Developed: 18,880thMost Efficient Economies: 19,270thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 19,341stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,673rd
Top
5%
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionTop
10%
Largest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Happiness-, employers may fire workers without giving any reason.
  • : Happiness-'s influence in The Bar on the corner of every region rose from "Vassal" to "Truckler".
  • : Happiness- was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Best Weather.
  • : Happiness- was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Happiness- was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.
  • : Happiness- was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Transport, Most Eco-Friendly Governments, and Most Subsidized Industry.
  • : Happiness- was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Happiness- was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Best Weather, Most Influential, and Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Happiness- was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Happiness- was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.

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