by Max Barry

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The Nomadic Peoples of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
To Study and Observe.
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population116 million


The Nomadic Peoples of Harpija is a very large, orderly nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, irreverence towards religion, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 116 million Harpijans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The tiny government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Welfare. The average income tax rate is 9.1%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Harpijan economy, worth 5.88 trillion Datastreams a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 50,665 Datastreams, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

The term cold case has taken on a very literal meaning, the "Brave New World" program has caused private businesses to spring up faster than the East Lebatuck Wall, many friends and relatives of Leader have been given ambassador jobs in tropical island nations, and citizens are prohibited from raising their voice above thirty decibels in commercial districts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Harpija's national animal is the Harbinger, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities.

Harpija is ranked 149,913th in the world and 6,727th in the South Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 63 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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