by Max Barry

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Highest Crime Rates: 565thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 829thMost Avoided: 902nd
The Contested Territory of
Anarchy
No gods, no masters
Influence
Vassal
Civil Rights
Frightening
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Excessive

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Halfordia

Population21.33 billion

Currencymetal
Animalmetal warrior

The Contested Territory of Halfordia is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, renowned for its complete lack of prisons, complete lack of public education, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 21.33 billion Halfordians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

There is no government in the normal sense of the word; however, a small group of community-minded, liberal, pro-business, outspoken individuals is solely concerned with Defense. Income tax is unheard of.

The large but inefficient Halfordian economy, worth 847 trillion metals a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is quite specialized and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Soda Sales, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 39,755 metals, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 256,230 per year while the poor average 2,492, a ratio of 102 to 1.

Newspapers print only headlines, coastlines are giant slag heaps, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb, and hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Halfordia's national animal is the metal warrior, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Halfordia is ranked 188,399th in the world and 95th in Union of Free Nations for Smartest Citizens, with 23.01 quips per hour.

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Highest Crime Rates: 565thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 829thMost Avoided: 902ndMost Armed: 1,076thFattest Citizens: 1,277thHighest Drug Use: 1,473rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,990thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,436thTop
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Rudest Citizens: 2,758thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,326thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4,069thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,979thMost Stationary: 5,401stLargest Retail Industry: 6,433rdLargest Populations: 8,794thNudest: 9,412thTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 14,028thMost Influential: 16,874thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,441stMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,941stMost Extensive Civil Rights: 24,082ndMost Pro-Market: 24,646th
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Most Armed: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Extreme: 1st in the regionHighest Drug Use: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 2nd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 3rd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 4th in the regionTop
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Largest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 9th in the regionMost Politically Free: 10th in the regionMost Influential: 10th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 11th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Halfordia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Following new legislation in Halfordia, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have.
  • : Following new legislation in Halfordia, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb.
  • : Halfordia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Halfordia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Following new legislation in Halfordia, coastlines are giant slag heaps.
  • : Halfordia was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Halfordia, newspapers print only headlines.
  • : Halfordia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Halfordia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Economic Output.

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