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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 636thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 971stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,005th
The Dominion of
Iron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
If we don't kill you, someone else will.
Hayden Sime
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Hsime

Population1.121 billion

CapitalHsime city
LeaderHayden Sime

CurrencyFlaying
AnimalDemon

The Dominion of Hsime is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Hayden Sime with an iron fist, and remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, strictly enforced bedtime, and lack of airports. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.121 billion Hsimeans are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hsime city. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 75.4%.

The all-consuming Hsimean economy, worth 266 trillion Flayings 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. 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 amazing 238,170 Flayings, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 677,064 per year while the poor average 66,882, a ratio of 10.1 to 1.

AIs make up a majority of the long-term warehouse population, loss of the ability to speak is a common affliction of the elderly, pocket dialling is a criminal offence, and a government program is underway to revitalize Hsime's beaches. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hsime's national animal is the Demon, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Hsime is ranked 56,534th in the world and 93rd in New Western Empire for Rudest Citizens, with 65.2 Insults Per Minute.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 636thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 971stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,005thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,247thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,740thMost Armed: 1,867thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,905thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,013thTop
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Most Conservative: 2,794thLargest Mining Sector: 3,198thMost Avoided: 3,564thMost Secular: 3,589thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,686thHighest Average Incomes: 3,865thLargest Black Market: 4,743rdMost Authoritarian: 8,927thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,221stLowest Crime Rates: 10,465thTop
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Largest Governments: 11,653rdMost Advanced Public Education: 13,943rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18,337thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 19,556thHighest Average Tax Rates: 19,666thLargest Retail Industry: 20,606thMost Scientifically Advanced: 21,296thMost Influential: 21,500th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Conservative: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 5th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Armed: 8th in the regionMost Secular: 8th in the regionMost Extreme: 9th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 10th in the regionTop
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Most Avoided: 13th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 14th in the regionLargest Black Market: 20th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 22nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hsime, a government program is underway to revitalize Hsime's beaches.
  • : Following new legislation in Hsime, pocket dialling is a criminal offence.
  • : Following new legislation in Hsime, loss of the ability to speak is a common affliction of the elderly.
  • : Following new legislation in Hsime, AIs make up a majority of the long-term warehouse population.
  • : Following new legislation in Hsime, children seem to be getting better at lying these days.
  • : Following new legislation in Hsime, the relatives of suicide victims tend to be angry rather than sad.
  • : Following new legislation in Hsime, nine out of ten citizens of Hsime answered 'nuclear safety inspector' when asked their occupation.
  • : Following new legislation in Hsime, those who investigate UFOs tend to wake up delirious on abandoned roads.
  • : Following new legislation in Hsime, a National Academy regulates grammar and usage.
  • : Following new legislation in Hsime, ghost regiments exist only on paper.

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