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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,287thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,838thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,098th
The Royal Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Blessed are the descents of the gods
Empress Ve'Elma Hanshire
Influence
Enforcer
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Hanshire

Population792 million

CapitalBridge to the Gods
LeaderEmpress Ve'Elma Hanshire

CurrencyNiva
AnimalBlack Widow

The Royal Empire of Hanshire is a huge, orderly nation, ruled by Empress Ve'Elma Hanshire with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory military service, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 792 million Hanshireians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Administration also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Bridge to the Gods. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 75.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Hanshirean economy, worth 134 trillion Nivas 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, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Door-to-door Insurance Sales. 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 an impressive 170,298 Nivas, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 704,720 per year while the poor average 27,018, a ratio of 26.1 to 1.

Children who believe in the tooth fairy are frequently shipped off to Bigtopia, women who leak pus from infected wounds are told to suck it up, the most popular stadium acts are one-off performances, and it's widely agreed that to tennis players love means nothing. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hanshire's national animal is the Black Widow, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Hanshire is ranked 25,325th in the world and 2nd in Global United Fascists for Most Valuable International Artwork, with 6.77 Bank.

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,287thTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 2,838thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,098thMost Avoided: 3,248thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 3,559thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,731stLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,972ndMost Corrupt Governments: 4,043rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,126thMost Devout: 4,313thLargest Mining Sector: 5,605thMost Conservative: 7,138thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,242ndLargest Black Market: 9,709thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,939thHighest Average Incomes: 10,087thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,367thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 14,393rdLargest Governments: 15,700thMost Efficient Economies: 16,467thMost Authoritarian: 17,424thLowest Crime Rates: 20,727thHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,957thMost Developed: 22,509th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Hanshire's influence in Global United Fascists rose from "Dealmaker" to "Enforcer".
  • : Following new legislation in Hanshire, it's widely agreed that to tennis players love means nothing.
  • : Hanshire's influence in Global United Fascists rose from "Instigator" to "Dealmaker".
  • : Following new legislation in Hanshire, the most popular stadium acts are one-off performances.
  • : Following new legislation in Hanshire, women who leak pus from infected wounds are told to suck it up.
  • : Following new legislation in Hanshire, children who believe in the tooth fairy are frequently shipped off to Bigtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Hanshire, strange lights seen in the sky are officially regarded as weather balloons or hoaxes and nothing else.
  • : Hanshire's influence in Global United Fascists rose from "Contender" to "Instigator".
  • : Following new legislation in Hanshire, after every storm there's an expensive government-funded rainbow.
  • : Following new legislation in Hanshire, the government baselessly accuses foreign dignitaries of being assassins.

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