by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 7,234thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,138thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,175th
The Dictatorship of
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Down in Hell, everyone is equal(ly tortured)!
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Population1.495 billion



The Dictatorship of Hellstep is a massive, orderly nation, notable for its avowedly heterosexual populace, digital currency, and devotion to social welfare. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.495 billion Sinners are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hades. The average income tax rate is 79.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Hellstepian economy, worth 79.2 trillion sufferings a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. Average income is 52,978 sufferings, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Groups of government workers are declared protected tribes if they venture too deep into the Capitol, the Federal Council of Hellstep has been announced as the new Head of State, a proud mining community is considering a rebellion after the Capital officially renamed them 'District XII', and school uniforms are compulsory. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hellstep's national animal is the demon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hellstep is ranked 205,115th in the world and 694th in 10000 Islands for Most Armed, with 0.2 Weapons Per Person.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 7,234thTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 14,138thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,175thMost Authoritarian: 16,479thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,334thLargest Welfare Programs: 19,681stMost Influential: 20,243rdLowest Crime Rates: 21,432ndMost Corrupt Governments: 23,674thMost Income Equality: 24,363rd
Most Authoritarian: 60th in the regionMost Conservative: 84th in the region

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