by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,905thMost Avoided: 6,124thFattest Citizens: 6,659th
The Eternal Empire of
Corporate Police State Halliburton
Self reliance and self determination
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population14.202 billion

CapitalHalsaw City
LeaderEmperor Telrev I

Animalbald eagle

The Eternal Empire of Halsaw is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Telrev I with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, public floggings, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.202 billion Halsawians 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, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order and Spirituality also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Halsaw City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 40.9%.

The powerhouse Halsawian economy, worth a remarkable 1,606 trillion dollars 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Information Technology. 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 an impressive 113,128 dollars, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 451,645 per year while the poor average 19,055, a ratio of 23.7 to 1.

Squeaky high prepubescent voices recite the patriotic poem "Hail to The Leader!" before each meal, funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals, Halsaw has become a gigantic dustbowl filled with tourists and mean desperados, and newspapers print only headlines. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Halsaw's national animal is the bald eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Christianity.

Halsaw is ranked 48,795th in the world and 21st in Right to Life for Most Authoritarian, with 991.32 milliStalins.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,905thMost Avoided: 6,124thFattest Citizens: 6,659thLargest Black Market: 7,172ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,533rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,794thMost Ignorant Citizens: 8,249thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,473rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,629thHighest Economic Output: 9,963rdTop
Largest Mining Sector: 13,858thMost Conservative: 14,448thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,941stLargest Populations: 15,972ndMost Corrupt Governments: 17,103rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 17,614th
Most Ignorant Citizens: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionFattest Citizens: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionMost Conservative: 9th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 9th in the region

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