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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 612thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 650thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 967th
The Free Republic of
Business and freedom... in that order
President Parrino
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population1.675 billion

CapitalHeplon City
LeaderPresident Parrino


The Free Republic of Heplon is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by President Parrino with an even hand, and notable for its rum-swilling pirates, rampant corporate plagiarism, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 1.675 billion Heplonians enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, pro-business government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, with Education also on the agenda, while Law & Order and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Heplon City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 1.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Heplonian economy, worth 304 trillion liberators a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Soda Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 181,871 liberators, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,216,717 per year while the poor average 10,254, a ratio of 118 to 1.

The newest shade developed by Heplon's dye industry has been dubbed 'Agent Orange', the "Underwear of Women in Power" issue of The Heplon City Times is sold out, becoming a missionary is a sure-fire route to martyrdom, and the restriction that you must be over 1.1 metres tall to ride a carnotaurus has recently been waived. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, probably because of the absence of a police force. Heplon's national animal is the sparrow, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is capitalism.

Heplon is ranked 1,516th in the world and 18th in Europe for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 1.22 million Standard Monetary Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 612thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 650thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 967thHighest Crime Rates: 997thFattest Citizens: 1,015thRudest Citizens: 1,168thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1,235thHighest Drug Use: 1,382ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,516thLargest Retail Industry: 1,546thMost Avoided: 1,654thMost Armed: 1,950thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,036thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,157thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,663rdTop
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,140thMost Rebellious Youth: 3,415thMost Influential: 4,876thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,414thMost Efficient Economies: 7,221stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,365thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,396thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,872ndHighest Average Incomes: 9,450thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,415thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,541stSmartest Citizens: 13,458thLargest Mining Sector: 13,507thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 14,245thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,380thMost Secular: 16,376thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,534thMost Cultured: 20,178thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 21,103rdMost Extensive Civil Rights: 21,282ndLargest Gambling Industry: 21,344thMost Pro-Market: 21,632ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 26,933rd
Highest Drug Use: 4th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6th in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 8th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9th in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 9th in the regionFattest Citizens: 12th in the regionTop
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 14th in the regionMost Avoided: 15th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15th in the regionMost Armed: 16th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 18th in the regionRudest Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 25th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 26th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 26th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 38th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 44th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 45th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 54th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 59th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 72nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 72nd in the regionMost Extreme: 92nd in the region

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