by Max Barry

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Most Primitive: 1,051stMost Conservative: 3,054thMost Ignorant Citizens: 3,060th
The Holy Empire of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Fear, Power, Unity
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population3.203 billion



The Holy Empire of Halleffle is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Ruzdan with an iron fist, and remarkable for its disturbing lack of elderly people, free-roaming dinosaurs, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.203 billion Hallefflers are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Chepal. The average income tax rate is 86.1%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but underdeveloped Hallefflish economy, worth 191 trillion Dochens a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Basket Weaving, and Furniture Restoration. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 59,851 Dochens, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Molehills are the only mountains deemed safe enough for the public, hazmat suits are a common Hallefflish garb, the nation's new religious police burn blasphemers on bonfires of their own books, and the military is slashing spending on conventional arms and diverting it to spending on prosthetic arms. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Halleffle's national animal is the Ghost, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Ruzdanism.

Halleffle is ranked 271,995th in the world and 6,062nd in The North Pacific for Safest, scoring 7.07 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Most Primitive: 1,051stTop
Most Conservative: 3,054thMost Ignorant Citizens: 3,060thMost Authoritarian: 3,760thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,608thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9,948thMost Patriotic: 10,143rdMost Corrupt Governments: 10,740thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,870thBest Weather: 12,681stHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,494thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 17,227thLowest Crime Rates: 19,184thLargest Black Market: 19,442ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 20,695thMost Devout: 21,627thMost Extreme: 25,297thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 27,170thLargest Governments: 28,368th
Most Primitive: 23rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 51st in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 96th in the regionMost Conservative: 104th in the regionMost Extreme: 142nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 175th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 209th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 262nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 282nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 294th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 306th in the regionTop
Most Patriotic: 317th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 520th in the regionMost Devout: 551st in the regionBest Weather: 603rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Halleffle was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Primitive and the Top 5% for Most Ignorant Citizens, Most Corrupt Governments, Most Conservative, and Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Halleffle's influence in The North Pacific rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Halleffle relocated from Osiris to The North Pacific.
  • : Halleffle applied to join the World Assembly.
  • : Following new legislation in Halleffle, the military is slashing spending on conventional arms and diverting it to spending on prosthetic arms.
  • : Following new legislation in Halleffle, the nation's new religious police burn blasphemers on bonfires of their own books.
  • : Following new legislation in Halleffle, hazmat suits are a common Hallefflish garb.
  • : Halleffle was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Halleffle ceased to exist in Balder.
  • : Halleffle's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".