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Most Authoritarian: 7,993rdMost Income Equality: 16,420thLargest Populations: 28,406th
The Commonwealth of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Strength Through Compliance
Influence
Minnow
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Hastur

Population14.524 billion

CapitalSraphport
LeaderGeneral Chaofrarc

Currencyflorin
Animalturtle

The Commonwealth of Hastur is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by General Chaofrarc with an iron fist, and notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, infamous sell-swords, and state-planned economy. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 14.524 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 545 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 172,035th in the world and 5,624th in Osiris for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -4 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

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Most Authoritarian: 7,993rdTop
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Most Income Equality: 16,420thLargest Populations: 28,406th
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Most Authoritarian: 323rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 533rd in the regionMost Extreme: 541st in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 870th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Hastur's influence in Osiris rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Hastur's influence in Osiris rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Hastur was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Hastur's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Hastur was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Hastur's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Hastur's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Hastur was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Hastur ceased to exist in Osiris.
  • : Hastur's influence in Osiris rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".

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