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The Indebted State of Hobbovia

“The Debt shall be Recovered.”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Europe

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The Indebted State of Hobbovia is a colossal, economically powerful nation, ruled by Treasuary Master Tom with an iron fist, and remarkable for its anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 5.435 billion Hobbovians are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt government stops and the rest of society begins, but it is mainly concerned with Defence, although Education and Law & Order are secondary priorities. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Warre. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 18%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, followed by Information Technology and Uranium Mining.

Racial and religious segregation has become rife as the various groups are loath to mingle, Hobbovia's educational system is the envy of many and regarded as a pinnacle of academic achievement, computer users are buried daily in thousands of unsolicited emails, and college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hobbovia's national animal is the Leviathan, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its currency is the Hobbes.

Hobbovia is ranked 29th in Europe and 3,538th in the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector, scoring 10 on the Charon Conveyancy Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 5 days ago

  • 4 days ago: Hobbovia was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Largest Defense Forces.
  • 27 days ago: Following new legislation in Hobbovia, college students make ends meet by selling their kidneys.
  • 49 days ago: Following new legislation in Hobbovia, computer users are buried daily in thousands of unsolicited emails.
  • 55 days ago: Hobbovia fell out of the regional Top 10% for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • 71 days ago: Following new legislation in Hobbovia, Hobbovia's educational system is the envy of many and regarded as a pinnacle of academic achievement.
  • 77 days ago: Following new legislation in Hobbovia, racial and religious segregation has become rife as the various groups are loath to mingle.
  • 77 days ago: Following new legislation in Hobbovia, the nation's cuisine is the laughing stock of Europe.
  • 85 days ago: Hobbovia was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
  • 100 days ago: Following new legislation in Hobbovia, mandatory electronic currency is a boon for credit card companies and government surveillance.
  • 100 days ago: Following new legislation in Hobbovia, X-Files ratings have hit an all-time low.

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