by Max Barry

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,199thMost Authoritarian: 8,488thMost Income Equality: 15,277th
The People's Republic of
Psychotic Dictatorship
A Country Without Its Workers Isn't A Country At All
Commissioner Of Communications
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population643 million


AnimalGrey Wolf

The People's Republic of Harju is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its frequent executions, public floggings, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 643 million Harjuans 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 large, 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 Tallinn. The average income tax rate is 65.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Harjuan economy, worth 38.3 trillion Kroons 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 a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Uranium Mining. 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 59,528 Kroons, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

In the Beginning was the Word and the Word was "Pragmatism", religious bigotry is not allowed but bigotry against theism is encouraged, in life full of care there is no time to stop and stare, and picnickers are lucky if a few wasps are the only animals that trouble them. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Harju's national animal is the Grey Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Harju is ranked 172,296th in the world and 2nd in BalticStates for Most Avoided, scoring 1.05 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,199thMost Authoritarian: 8,488thTop
Most Income Equality: 15,277thMost Conservative: 18,559thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19,059thMost Corrupt Governments: 20,565th

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