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Most Primitive: 7,271stMost Income Equality: 8,690thBest Weather: 13,402nd
The Conquerable Kingdom of
Corrupt Dictatorship Well-Meaning Dictatorship
In hills we trust
Civil Rights
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The Hill

Population3.729 billion

CapitalThe Throne on the balcony on the house
LeaderKing Chase


The Conquerable Kingdom of The Hill is a massive, genial nation, ruled by King Chase with an iron fist, and remarkable for its punitive income tax rates, suspicion of poets, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, cynical population of 3.729 billion Hillanders are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, socially-minded morass — prioritizes Environment, although Welfare, Social Policy, and Administration are also considered important, while Defense and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Throne on the balcony on the house. The average income tax rate is 68.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Hillish economy, worth 40.8 trillion Hilloes a year, is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Basket Weaving, and Cheese Exports. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 10,952 Hilloes, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The media have begun calling the government treasury "King Chase's stash", The Hill successfully hosted the Forest Olympics, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb, and you can't put down the nation's attitude to pet health. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent. The Hill's national animal is the Sheep, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Hill is ranked 141,469th in the world and 331st in Forest for Highest Foreign Aid Spending, scoring zero on the Clooney Contribution Index.

Most Primitive: 7,271stMost Income Equality: 8,690thTop
Best Weather: 13,402ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 13,963rdMost Beautiful Environments: 20,721st
Most Income Equality: 18th in the regionTop
Most Primitive: 44th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Hill's influence in Forest rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : The Hill's influence in Forest rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : The Hill's influence in Forest rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : The Hill relocated from Lazarus to Forest.
  • : The Hill was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : The Hill ceased to exist in Forest.
  • : The Hill was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : The Hill was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Best Weather and the Top 10% for Nicest Citizens.
  • : The Hill was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : The Hill was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Beautiful Environments.


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