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Most Ignorant Citizens: 8,324th Most Devout: 14,889th
The Free Land of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Deep Roots Are Not Reached By the Frost
Influence
Hatchling
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Hardholm

Population50 million

CurrencyHolmsmark
Animalcave bear

The Free Land of Hardholm is a large, safe nation, notable for its frequent executions, public floggings, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 50 million Holmsmen 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, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Law & Order, and Defense. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 48.7%.

The Holmsman economy, worth 2.01 trillion Holmsmarks a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Beef-Based Agriculture, Furniture Restoration, and Gambling. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is 40,110 Holmsmarks, with the richest citizens earning 7.4 times as much as the poorest.

Dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia, 'Police Academy 36' and 'Sharknados On A Plane' are vying for top spot at the box-office, Jack Russells have proven to be terrible spies, and tradesmen will knock 10% off their fees if customers pay cash. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Hardholm's national animal is the cave bear, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hardholm is ranked 129,129th in the world and 5,576th in The East Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -4.24 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 8,324thTop
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Most Devout: 14,889th
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 386th in the regionMost Devout: 486th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 697th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hardholm, tradesmen will knock 10% off their fees if customers pay cash.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardholm, Jack Russells have proven to be terrible spies.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardholm, 'Police Academy 36' and 'Sharknados On A Plane' are vying for top spot at the box-office.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardholm, dangerous criminals are often 'accidentally' sent on one-way trips to Maxtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardholm, citizens are remarkably well involved in the political process.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardholm, immigrant herding has become a national pastime.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardholm, children as young as twelve are conscripted into the armed forces.
  • : Following new legislation in Hardholm, arthritic surgeons with tremulous fingers reassure patients that they are in safe hands.
  • : Hardholm's influence in The East Pacific rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Following new legislation in Hardholm, children are seen fighting in the playground for bread scraps that fall out of diamond-encrusted lunchboxes.

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