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Most Authoritarian: 8,049thMost Stationary: 12,878thMost Income Equality: 15,681st
The Commonwealth of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Strength Through Compliance
Influence
Powerbroker
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Hastur

Population11.073 billion

CapitalSraphport
LeaderGeneral Chaofrarc

Currencyflorin
Animalturtle

The Commonwealth of Hastur is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by General Chaofrarc with an iron fist, and renowned for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 11.073 billion Hasturians 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, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Sraphport. The average income tax rate is 62.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Hasturian economy, worth 416 trillion florins 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, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Retail, Arms Manufacturing, and Cheese Exports. 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 37,571 florins, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Holy Office of the Inquisition is the highest court in the land, prolonged government investigations are a common revenge tactic among spurned spouses, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams, and the police use sound cannons and mortars to deal with loud parties. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hastur's national animal is the turtle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to heavy metals seepage into national waterways.

Hastur is ranked 195,627th in the world and 3rd in Gatehouse by the P2TM for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry, scoring -4 on the Tasmanian Pulp Environmental Export Index.

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