by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,229thMost Influential: 6,487thLargest Gambling Industry: 8,606th
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Population584 million



The People's Republic of Harekoku is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 584 million Harekokuans are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Industry, Education, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Spirituality and International Aid aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Tomita-Shi. The average income tax rate is 40.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Harekokuan economy, worth 61.8 trillion Yen a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Gambling. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 105,752 Yen, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.7 times as much as the poorest.

Nature magazines featuring stick insects on their covers are sometimes mistaken for fashion magazines, scaffolding is built around scaffolding to give safe access, the automotive industry soaks up huge government handouts, and bank robbers always set aside 50% of the loot to pay off the judge. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Harekoku's national animal is the Wolf, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Harekoku is ranked 13,351st in the world and 115th in 10000 Islands for Most Avoided, scoring 256.47 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4,229thMost Influential: 6,487thLargest Gambling Industry: 8,606thLargest Retail Industry: 9,763rdTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 13,139thMost Avoided: 13,351stMost Corrupt Governments: 14,099thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,977thFattest Citizens: 17,488thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 19,719thMost Efficient Economies: 20,553rd
Largest Gambling Industry: 69th in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 88th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 103rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 111th in the regionMost Avoided: 115th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 116th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 132nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 148th in the region

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