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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,209thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,626thLargest Retail Industry: 2,009th
The Oak Trees of
Moralistic Democracy Narrow-Minded Backwoodsy Bigots
Hard Cheese Old Boy!
Lord Bure
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Some

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Great Hautbois

Population11.983 billion

CapitalBuxton-with-Lamas
LeaderLord Bure
FaithAborealism

CurrencySwede
AnimalPheasant

The Oak Trees of Great Hautbois is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Lord Bure with an even hand, and renowned for its ritual sacrifices, strictly enforced bedtime, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, humorless population of 11.983 billion Great Hautboisians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Buxton-with-Lamas. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 40.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Great Hautboisian economy, worth a remarkable 1,627 trillion Swedes a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Gambling, and Information Technology. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 135,804 Swedes, with the richest citizens earning 9.3 times as much as the poorest.

Constipated disaster survivors are rapidly learning that MRE is short for "Meal Requiring Enemas", the combined alert sound of a nation simultaneously receiving a text message is a common cause of hearing damage, owners of man-portable particle accelerator backpacks are advised not to cross the streams, and the team in charge of creating a new writing system have spent months deciding whether or not to use serif or sans-serif characters. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Great Hautbois's national animal is the Pheasant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Aborealism.

Great Hautbois is ranked 157,799th in the world and 266th in Forest for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -2.83 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,209thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,626thLargest Retail Industry: 2,009thTop
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Largest Black Market: 2,293rdMost Corrupt Governments: 3,807thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,537thMost Ignorant Citizens: 6,007thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,446thMost Secular: 8,512thHighest Economic Output: 9,549thBest Weather: 9,883rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,443rdTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,720thMost Subsidized Industry: 11,758thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,069thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,471stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,639thLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,673rdHighest Average Incomes: 17,053rdMost Efficient Economies: 17,285thLargest Populations: 20,727th
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Largest Gambling Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14th in the regionLargest Black Market: 15th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 18th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 20th in the regionTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 30th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 32nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 39th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 40th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 41st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 41st in the regionFattest Citizens: 45th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Great Hautbois was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Disposable Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Hautbois, the team in charge of creating a new writing system have spent months deciding whether or not to use serif or sans-serif characters.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Hautbois, owners of man-portable particle accelerator backpacks are advised not to cross the streams.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Hautbois, the combined alert sound of a nation simultaneously receiving a text message is a common cause of hearing damage.
  • : Great Hautbois was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Hautbois, constipated disaster survivors are rapidly learning that MRE is short for "Meal Requiring Enemas".
  • : Following new legislation in Great Hautbois, agriculture is heavily subsidized by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Hautbois, the arms industry is backed by government subsidies and harsh anti-protest laws are in place.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Hautbois, roadside walls are being built and mother nature is paying for it.
  • : Great Hautbois was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.

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