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The Elder Bastion of Mediocrity of King HEM

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Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Corrupted

Regional Influence: Minnow

Location: Europeia

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The Elder Bastion of Mediocrity of King HEM is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by HEM Tiberius with a fair hand, and renowned for its compulsory vegetarianism. The compassionate, intelligent population of 16.48 billion King HEMians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent government stops and the rest of society begins, but it devotes most of its attentions to Education, with areas such as Religion & Spirituality and Commerce receiving almost no funds by comparison. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Legionaires. The average income tax rate is 96%. A powerhouse of a private sector is dominated by the Book Publishing industry.

Truth is often impossible to tell from fiction on the evening news, trouble-makers are frequently turned in to the government to be 'recycled', schoolchildren have twice-weekly sex education classes, and the minority inevitably have their addenda vetoed. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. King HEM's national animal is the fox, which is also the nation's favorite main course, its national religion is Christianity, and its currency is the euro.

King HEM is ranked 649th in Europeia and 108,915th in the world for Shortest Average Lifespan, scoring -36 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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