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Capitalist Paradise
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Envoy
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Very Strong
Political Freedom
Few

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The Holy Habsburg

Population163 million

CurrencyCrown
AnimalBlack Eagle

The Empire of The Holy Habsburg is a very large, efficient nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, smutty television, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 163 million Holy Habsburgians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 15.3%.

The very strong Holy Habsburgian economy, worth 11.4 trillion Crowns a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is 70,143 Crowns, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 236,489 per year while the poor average 15,404, a ratio of 15.4 to 1.

Oil executives can be seen reluctantly cleaning oil-soaked birds, Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping, signs saying "No Poor People or Weirdoes" are common outside shops and cafés, and returning tourists and businessmen are detained without trial if they belong to the "wrong" religion. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Holy Habsburg's national animal is the Black Eagle, which can occasionally be seen dodging aircraft in the nation's cities.

The Holy Habsburg is ranked 155,189th in the world and 11th in Sea for Most Primitive, scoring -77.11 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in The Holy Habsburg, returning tourists and businessmen are detained without trial if they belong to the "wrong" religion.
  • : Following new legislation in The Holy Habsburg, signs saying "No Poor People or Weirdoes" are common outside shops and cafés.
  • : Following new legislation in The Holy Habsburg, Scoutmasters debate whether luxury log cabins defeat the purpose of camping.
  • : Following new legislation in The Holy Habsburg, oil executives can be seen reluctantly cleaning oil-soaked birds.
  • : Following new legislation in The Holy Habsburg, vacationers and business travelers are often warned that they may lose the right to vote if they spend too much time overseas.
  • : Following new legislation in The Holy Habsburg, anti-riot police are dispatched whenever two elderly ladies gather to complain that prices have increased.
  • : Following new legislation in The Holy Habsburg, Big Agriculture has the government by the nuts.
  • : Following new legislation in The Holy Habsburg, every new toxic waste dump comes with a seal of approval from the government's science advisor.
  • : Following new legislation in The Holy Habsburg, human sacrifice to the metaphorical altar of Mammon ensures national prosperity.
  • : Following new legislation in The Holy Habsburg, Bigtopian interference in domestic elections is always democratically sanctioned.

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