by Max Barry

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Most Primitive: 7,019thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13,181stMost Authoritarian: 14,654th
The Holy Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
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Population256 million

CurrencyPaddys Dollar
AnimalJunkyard Cat

The Holy Empire of Haraldor is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, ubiquitous missile silos, and infamous sell-swords. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 256 million Haraldorians 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, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Public Transport. The average income tax rate is 66.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but underdeveloped Haraldorian economy, worth 8.23 trillion Paddys Dollars 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 a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Book Publishing, Basket Weaving, Retail, and Pizza Delivery. 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 32,129 Paddys Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Leader claims to be the epitome of family values, the nation's youth voluntarily goes to bed early out of sheer tiredness from their working days, the government violently suppresses separatist movements, and the nation's official head of religious affairs is an atheist. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Haraldor's national animal is the Junkyard Cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Haraldor is ranked 7,019th in the world and 2nd in The United States of Greater BlatterLand for Most Primitive, scoring 106.49 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Most Primitive: 7,019thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 13,181stMost Authoritarian: 14,654thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,994thMost Cheerful Citizens: 18,662ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 19,097th

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