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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,750thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,550thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,648th
The Empire of
Corporate Police State
Prosperity awaits
Influence
Newcomer
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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HHC

Population2.144 billion

CapitalByzantium
LeaderChairman Rockwell
FaithScientism

CurrencyBit
AnimalCystipig

The Empire of HHC is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Chairman Rockwell with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, compulsory military service, and spontaneously combusting cars. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 2.144 billion Halcyonians 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 tiny, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Byzantium. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 4.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Halcyonian economy, worth 253 trillion Bits a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an impressive 118,405 Bits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 564,801 per year while the poor average 14,579, a ratio of 38.7 to 1.

Maths Professor Barbie is the most popular toy for boys and girls alike, six-year-old children playing dress-up are viewed with suspicion, idyllic countryside scenes see border collies herding sixty-ton dinosaurs, and crocodile roadkill is smeared across the asphalt of the new Formula One track. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. HHC's national animal is the Cystipig, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Scientism.

HHC is ranked 216,545th in the world and 7,021st in Balder for Most Politically Free, scoring 13 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 2,750thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,550thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,648thHighest Disposable Incomes: 4,840thFattest Citizens: 4,860thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,251stLargest Retail Industry: 5,816thMost Avoided: 6,106thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,392ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 8,737thLargest Insurance Industry: 9,999thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 11,186thTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 12,150thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,322ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,351stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16,352ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,825thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22,032ndMost Pro-Market: 22,559thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 24,144th
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 139th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 162nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 250th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 262nd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 263rd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 285th in the regionMost Avoided: 292nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 296th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 349th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 380th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 385th in the regionTop
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Most Pro-Market: 468th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 472nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 551st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 590th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 638th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 708th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 750th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : HHC's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : HHC was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Incomes.
  • : HHC's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : HHC was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Pro-Market.
  • : HHC's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Following new legislation in HHC, crocodile roadkill is smeared across the asphalt of the new Formula One track.
  • : Following new legislation in HHC, idyllic countryside scenes see border collies herding sixty-ton dinosaurs.
  • : Following new legislation in HHC, six-year-old children playing dress-up are viewed with suspicion.
  • : HHC was refounded in Balder.
  • : HHC ceased to exist in Halcyon.

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