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Largest Mining Sector: 2,104thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,374thMost Armed: 5,032nd
The Metempsychotic Emirate of
Iron Fist Consumerists
In obedience to Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah
Shuayb al-Khairi
Influence
Duckspeaker
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

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Houran

Population1.615 billion

CapitalRomtha
LeaderShuayb al-Khairi
FaithDruze

Currencylira
Animalcaracal

The Metempsychotic Emirate of Houran is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Shuayb al-Khairi with an iron fist, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, keen interest in outer space, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.615 billion Druze 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 government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Romtha. The average income tax rate is 64.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Druze economy, worth 209 trillion lire a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Arms Manufacturing, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 129,637 lire, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.5 times as much as the poorest.

The dish 'poisson avec poison' is only available on the black market, Shuayb al-Khairi's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader, kids refer to anything below the neck as "the parts that shall not be named", and defense lawyers often argue there's no proof murder victims weren't vampires. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Houran's national animal is the caracal, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Druze.

Houran is ranked 121,884th in the world and 13th in Pecan Sandies for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 3.51 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

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Largest Mining Sector: 2,104thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,374thMost Armed: 5,032ndMost Avoided: 5,373rdMost Subsidized Industry: 6,454thFattest Citizens: 6,757thNudest: 6,948thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 9,895thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,207thMost Rebellious Youth: 10,639thLargest Black Market: 11,703rdTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 12,012thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 12,951stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,635thMost Corrupt Governments: 13,651stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,437thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,834thMost Secular: 16,934thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,519thHighest Average Incomes: 19,891stMost Developed: 23,480th
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Most Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionMost Conservative: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionMost Stationary: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Houran, defense lawyers often argue there's no proof murder victims weren't vampires.
  • : Following new legislation in Houran, kids refer to anything below the neck as "the parts that shall not be named".
  • : Following new legislation in Houran, Shuayb al-Khairi's office has a newly installed Max-Man arcade game programmed by a 5th-grader.
  • : Following new legislation in Houran, the dish 'poisson avec poison' is only available on the black market.
  • : Houran was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Houran, retirement homes are often fitted with luxurious suites.
  • : Following new legislation in Houran, vehicular homicide by Druze ambassadors is a leading cause of death throughout the world's capital cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Houran, Shuayb al-Khairi's told that love often manifests itself through homicidal four-lettered litanies.
  • : Following new legislation in Houran, the government spends millions of lire every year prosecuting spammers.
  • : Following new legislation in Houran, the nation refuses to provide international aid.

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