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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,425thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,943rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,622nd
The Republic of
Moralistic Democracy Narrow-Minded Backwoodsy Bigots
Justice, Piety, Loyalty
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Hows

Population3.256 billion

Currencykrona
Animalswan

The Republic of Hows is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, pith helmet sales, and compulsory military service. The hard-working, devout population of 3.256 billion Howsians 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, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 38.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Howsian economy, worth 417 trillion kronor a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Basket Weaving, Information Technology, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 128,172 kronor, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 842,309 per year while the poor average 7,609, a ratio of 110 to 1.

All children's clothes come in only cream and off-white to prevent offense, Tesco was recently named as the new national treasurer, things are looking up for patients accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction medication, and pallbearers at military funerals dive for cover when they hear the three-volley salute. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hows's national animal is the swan, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hows is ranked 74,174th in the world and 95th in Forest for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 1,935 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,425thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,943rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,622ndGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,666thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,018thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,027thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 11,075thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,451stLargest Black Market: 11,761stMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,492ndLargest Agricultural Sector: 15,820thMost Conservative: 16,975thMost Developed: 17,994thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 18,343rdMost Devout: 19,189thHighest Average Incomes: 19,422ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,328th
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 22nd in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 23rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 32nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 34th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 39th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 40th in the regionMost Conservative: 41st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 44th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Hows was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Hows, pallbearers at military funerals dive for cover when they hear the three-volley salute.
  • : Following new legislation in Hows, things are looking up for patients accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction medication.
  • : Following new legislation in Hows, Tesco was recently named as the new national treasurer.
  • : Following new legislation in Hows, all children's clothes come in only cream and off-white to prevent offense.
  • : Following new legislation in Hows, sniffer dogs are trained to follow clouds of fruity-smelling vapor.
  • : Hows was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides and the Top 10% for Largest Agricultural Sector and Largest Mining Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in Hows, the government has returned all business to private ownership.
  • : Following new legislation in Hows, cowboys often wear wolfskin jackets to the saloon.
  • : Following new legislation in Hows, colonists who were promised new lands find only war-torn devastation.

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