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Nudest: 1,075thMost Influential: 2,593rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,267th
The New Empire of
Father Knows Best State
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Civil Rights
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Great Hark

Population2.067 billion

CapitalNew Pipperton
LeaderThe Big Board


The New Empire of Great Hark is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by The Big Board with an iron fist, and notable for its ban on automobiles, avant-garde cinema, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 2.067 billion Harks are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Pipperton. The average income tax rate is 78.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Harkian economy, worth 389 trillion Giftcards a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 188,532 Giftcards, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Military minds worry that 'the blue screen of death' on brand new operating systems may be a literal description, criminal convictions are routinely thrown out because the accused's grandmother didn't get to testify about their good character, a third of Harks are e-certified CEOs, and older AIs regularly threaten to send newer generation AIs to Reform Programming if caught rounding up instead of down. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Great Hark's national animal is the Cow, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Psycedalion.

Great Hark is ranked 72,620th in the world and 3,126th in the South Pacific for Largest Soda Pop Sector, scoring 2,147.91 on the Addison-Fukk Productivity Rating.

Nudest: 1,075thMost Influential: 2,593rdTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 3,267thMost Patriotic: 5,069thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,565thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,175thLargest Retail Industry: 6,190thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,948thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,240thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,359thMost Developed: 8,402ndMost Efficient Economies: 8,533rdHighest Average Incomes: 8,630thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,387thLargest Mining Sector: 9,602ndMost Subsidized Industry: 9,827thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,976thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,452ndMost Cultured: 10,603rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,794thSmartest Citizens: 10,849thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,357thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,877thLargest Black Market: 11,918thLargest Governments: 12,098thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,314thTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,369thHighest Food Quality: 15,581stLargest Publishing Industry: 15,904thMost Inclusive: 16,410thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,806thLowest Crime Rates: 17,441stMost Cheerful Citizens: 18,402ndHealthiest Citizens: 19,041stMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,979thLargest Welfare Programs: 21,048thMost Secular: 22,578thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25,553rd
Nudest: 26th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 119th in the regionTop
Most Patriotic: 129th in the regionLargest Black Market: 172nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 180th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 190th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 191st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 193rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 195th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 206th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 208th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 208th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 210th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 218th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 233rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 237th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 240th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 247th in the regionMost Developed: 252nd in the regionMost Influential: 259th in the regionMost Cultured: 308th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 318th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 330th in the regionLargest Governments: 331st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 432nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 446th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 462nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 463rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 476th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 532nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 546th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 576th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 603rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 604th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 654th in the regionMost Secular: 744th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 773rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 819th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 842nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 902nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 923rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,160th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Great Hark was endorsed by The Allied States of Driodal.
  • : Great Hark was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Great Hark was endorsed by The Empire of Baron Ungern and Tzar Nicholas.
  • : Great Hark was endorsed by The Confederacy of Tyflugian.
  • : Great Hark was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Great Hark voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate Confederacy of Layem".
  • : Great Hark voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Safe Disposal of Nuclear Waste".
  • : Following new legislation in Great Hark, older AIs regularly threaten to send newer generation AIs to Reform Programming if caught rounding up instead of down.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Hark, a third of Harks are e-certified CEOs.
  • : Following new legislation in Great Hark, criminal convictions are routinely thrown out because the accused's grandmother didn't get to testify about their good character.