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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,465th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,545th Rudest Citizens: 2,605th
The Federal Republic of
Corporate Bordello
Hail to the king, baby!
Supreme Presidential Emperor James Bond
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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Halvard

Population3.025 billion

CapitalAvalon
LeaderSupreme Presidential Emperor James Bond
FaithThe Great Space Butterfly

Currencysexy time
Animala freaking lion

The Federal Republic of Halvard is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Supreme Presidential Emperor James Bond with a fair hand, and remarkable for its infamous sell-swords, vat-grown people, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 3.025 billion Hallverdians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The medium-sized, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Avalon. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 48.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Halvardian economy, worth 601 trillion sexy times a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 198,919 sexy times, with the richest citizens earning 9.2 times as much as the poorest.

The Halvardian delegation to the World Assembly is having a hard time convincing people that international law will "pay for itself somehow...", public incontinence is a growing problem amongst the nation's women, the nation's green cities are indeed concrete jungles, and being able to unblock a u-bend pipe is considered a universally essential skill. Crime is totally unknown. Halvard's national animal is the a freaking lion, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Great Space Butterfly.

Halvard is ranked 128,507th in the world and 4,985th in the West Pacific for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 180.04 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,465thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,545thRudest Citizens: 2,605thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,672ndMost Efficient Economies: 5,171stMost Subsidized Industry: 5,197thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,364thHighest Average Incomes: 5,788thLargest Black Market: 5,916thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,199thLargest Retail Industry: 6,431stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,708thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,964thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,478thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 9,116thLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,245thMost Developed: 9,397thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,602ndMost Cultured: 9,657thHealthiest Citizens: 9,920thMost Influential: 10,505thMost Inclusive: 11,384thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,677thMost Secular: 11,693rdMost Rebellious Youth: 12,104thLargest Governments: 12,659thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,003rdMost Corrupt Governments: 13,522ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 15,151stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 15,369thLargest Gambling Industry: 15,903rd
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 62nd in the regionTop
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Rudest Citizens: 68th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 73rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 93rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 96th in the regionLargest Black Market: 97th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 99th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 111th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 121st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 125th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 149th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 169th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 171st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 180th in the regionMost Cultured: 225th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 230th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 245th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 246th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 253rd in the regionLargest Governments: 254th in the regionMost Developed: 260th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 274th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 282nd in the regionTop
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Most Inclusive: 323rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 335th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 339th in the regionMost Secular: 342nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 348th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 354th in the regionMost Influential: 362nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 369th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 371st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 397th in the regionMost Armed: 419th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 470th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 492nd in the regionMost Politically Free: 508th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 518th in the regionLargest Populations: 620th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Halvard, being able to unblock a u-bend pipe is considered a universally essential skill.
  • : Following new legislation in Halvard, the nation's green cities are indeed concrete jungles.
  • : Following new legislation in Halvard, public incontinence is a growing problem amongst the nation's women.
  • : Halvard was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Halvard, the Halvardian delegation to the World Assembly is having a hard time convincing people that international law will "pay for itself somehow...".
  • : Halvard changed its national faith to "The Great Space Butterfly".
  • : Following new legislation in Halvard, it's entirely possible foreign diplomats misheard when Halvard offered the words "peace be upon you".
  • : Following new legislation in Halvard, dubiously qualified Skandilundian barristers keep referring to laws as 'government guidelines'.
  • : Following new legislation in Halvard, school lunches are made with hypo-allergenic wood pulp.
  • : Following new legislation in Halvard, carrots are orange, apples are red and food waste is increasing.

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