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The Indebted State of Hobbovia

“The Debt shall be Recovered.”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Below 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 renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 5.072 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 concentrates mainly on Defence, although Education and Law & Order are on the agenda. 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.

Mandatory electronic currency is a boon for credit card companies and government surveillance, the nation's cuisine is the laughing stock of Europe, racial and religious segregation has become rife as the various groups are loath to mingle, and Hobbovia's educational system is the envy of many and regarded as a pinnacle of academic achievement. 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 386th in Europe and 108,666th in the world for Best Weather, with -377 Metres of Sunlight Above Expected.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 10 days ago

  • 9 days ago: Following new legislation in Hobbovia, Hobbovia's educational system is the envy of many and regarded as a pinnacle of academic achievement.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Hobbovia, racial and religious segregation has become rife as the various groups are loath to mingle.
  • 15 days ago: Following new legislation in Hobbovia, the nation's cuisine is the laughing stock of Europe.
  • 23 days ago: Hobbovia was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector.
  • 38 days ago: Following new legislation in Hobbovia, mandatory electronic currency is a boon for credit card companies and government surveillance.
  • 39 days ago: Following new legislation in Hobbovia, X-Files ratings have hit an all-time low.
  • 39 days ago: Hobbovia was ranked in the Top 10% of the region for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • 39 days ago: Following new legislation in Hobbovia, penurious citizens die from easily remedied ailments because they aren't 'taking enough initiative'.
  • 39 days ago: Following new legislation in Hobbovia, the government is outsourcing itself.
  • 39 days ago: Following new legislation in Hobbovia, citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow.

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