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Most Secular: 4,737thMost Armed: 5,170thLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,307th
The Empire of
Authoritarian Democracy Mouth-Breathing Creationists
This world is a living hell
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HellSpire

Population727 million

CurrencyGold
AnimalBat

The Empire of HellSpire is a huge, efficient nation, notable for its state-planned economy, smutty television, and daily referendums. The hard-nosed population of 727 million HellSpireans are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The medium-sized, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. The average income tax rate is 50.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient HellSpirean economy, worth 84.7 trillion Golds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is broadly diversified, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 116,450 Golds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Politicians have to be granted day-release from prison to speak on bills, the words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence, reassembling shredded papers is the highlight of a spy's day, and the navy is hoping to hear the enemy shout "you sank my battleship!". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. HellSpire's national animal is the Bat, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

HellSpire is ranked 60,574th in the world and 21st in Lily for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 4,119.26 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Most Secular: 4,737thMost Armed: 5,170thLargest Agricultural Sector: 9,307thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,326thTop
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Most Inclusive: 13,838thHealthiest Citizens: 14,452ndLargest Publishing Industry: 14,475thMost Developed: 15,119thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15,501stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,984thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,146thMost Income Equality: 18,218thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 20,215thLowest Crime Rates: 21,011thMost Efficient Economies: 22,638thLargest Information Technology Sector: 23,808th
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Largest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : HellSpire was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes and the Top 10% for Most Income Equality.
  • : Following new legislation in HellSpire, the navy is hoping to hear the enemy shout "you sank my battleship!".
  • : Following new legislation in HellSpire, reassembling shredded papers is the highlight of a spy's day.
  • : Following new legislation in HellSpire, the words 'private' and 'enterprise' must never appear in the same sentence.
  • : Following new legislation in HellSpire, politicians have to be granted day-release from prison to speak on bills.
  • : Following new legislation in HellSpire, park rangers perform full-body searches on suspected fungus smugglers.
  • : Following new legislation in HellSpire, elementary school students are required to master Bach's Chaconne in D before graduation.
  • : Following new legislation in HellSpire, the military claims that their threatening letters are signed with the blood of their enemies.
  • : Following new legislation in HellSpire, the military has gone fission for more funding.
  • : Following new legislation in HellSpire, swings are banned for being a danger to children.

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