by Max Barry

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Largest Insurance Industry: 288th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 388th Most Corrupt Governments: 396th
The Ungenerous Empire of
Corporate Police State
Order Through Obedience
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population11.875 billion

CapitalPatriot City
LeaderThe Empress
FaithHathburgian Orthodoxy

CurrencyHathburgian Citizen Credit
AnimalHathburgian Water Buffalo

The Ungenerous Empire of Hathburg is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by The Empress with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, ubiquitous missile silos, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.875 billion Hathburgians 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 tiny, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Patriot City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Hathburgian economy, worth a remarkable 3,808 trillion Hathburgian Citizen Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Gambling. Average income is an amazing 320,718 Hathburgian Citizen Credits, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,363,732 per year while the poor average 48,577, a ratio of 28.1 to 1.

The diplomatic corps tends to open negotiations by insulting all the foreigners in the room, the public transport system has been eliminated, the government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups, and the nation has always been at war with Bigtopia. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force. Hathburg's national animal is the Hathburgian Water Buffalo, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Hathburgian Orthodoxy.

Hathburg is ranked 153,792nd in the world and 7,707th in The North Pacific for Most Pacifist, with 2.8 Cheeks Turned Per Day.

Largest Insurance Industry: 288thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 388thMost Corrupt Governments: 396thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 415thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 442ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 475thHighest Disposable Incomes: 507thMost Avoided: 513thFattest Citizens: 516thLargest Mining Sector: 570thLargest Gambling Industry: 581stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 590thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 635thMost Ignorant Citizens: 818thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 893rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 992ndLargest Retail Industry: 1,067thHighest Average Incomes: 1,268thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 1,592ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,645thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2,007thHighest Economic Output: 2,327thMost Devout: 2,643rdMost Conservative: 3,584thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,008thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,314thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,470thRudest Citizens: 4,593rdLowest Crime Rates: 7,175thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,714thTop
Largest Governments: 7,818thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,807thMost Subsidized Industry: 9,148thLargest Black Market: 9,778thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 10,790thMost Extreme: 11,186thLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,260thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,436thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,348th
Largest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 10th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 11th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 13th in the regionMost Avoided: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 14th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 15th in the regionFattest Citizens: 20th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 20th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 21st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 23rd in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 28th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 30th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 33rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 43rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 44th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 60th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 61st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 61st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 76th in the regionTop
Most Devout: 110th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 149th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 171st in the regionMost Conservative: 203rd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 221st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 263rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 264th in the regionLargest Black Market: 272nd in the regionLargest Populations: 305th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 331st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 346th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 389th in the regionMost Extreme: 410th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 424th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 463rd in the regionMost Pro-Market: 595th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 720th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 732nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Hathburg was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Advanced Defense Forces.
  • : Following new legislation in Hathburg, the nation has always been at war with Bigtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Hathburg, the government has cut its subsidies for all special interest groups.
  • : Following new legislation in Hathburg, the public transport system has been eliminated.
  • : Following new legislation in Hathburg, the diplomatic corps tends to open negotiations by insulting all the foreigners in the room.
  • : Following new legislation in Hathburg, deli patrons examine their roast beef for undetonated explosives.
  • : Following new legislation in Hathburg, the rainbow assortment of chemicals in the water has turned the frogs gay.
  • : Following new legislation in Hathburg, major corporations receive tax breaks for no apparent reason.
  • : Following new legislation in Hathburg, university graduates and new home-owners toil in labour camps to work off their debts.
  • : Following new legislation in Hathburg, the government response to disaster victims starving for bread is "let them eat stale cake".


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