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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,540th Most Advanced Public Transport: 4,278th Largest Welfare Programs: 4,325th
The Grand Duchy of
Liberal Democratic Socialists
Onwards to the future
Influence
Eminence Grise
Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Excellent

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Hesselan

Population3.084 billion

CapitalHesselstadt
LeaderGrand Duke Albrecht Von Wusturberg

CurrencyHessmark
AnimalPygmy Elephant

The Grand Duchy of Hesselan is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Grand Duke Albrecht Von Wusturberg with a fair hand, and notable for its national health service, complete lack of prisons, and smutty television. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.084 billion Hesselians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The large, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hesselstadt. The average income tax rate is 91.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Hesselian economy, worth 423 trillion Hessmarks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Beef-Based Agriculture. Average income is an impressive 137,373 Hessmarks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Giggling teens are asked to put their mouths on rubber dolls, all marriages are arranged by the government, roadside walls are being built and mother nature is paying for it, and the "boy who cried wolf" policy makes sick people reluctant to call an ambulance. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hesselan's national animal is the Pygmy Elephant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hesselan is ranked 4,325th in the world and 1st in Reeds gay club for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 6,866.79 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,540thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,278thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,325thMost Pacifist: 4,620thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,216thNicest Citizens: 5,997thHighest Poor Incomes: 6,296thMost Inclusive: 6,504thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,916thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,998thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,269thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,287thLargest Governments: 8,351stSmartest Citizens: 8,494thMost Scientifically Advanced: 8,647thSafest: 8,669thLowest Crime Rates: 8,730thTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,460thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,486thHealthiest Citizens: 9,511thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,658thMost Cultured: 10,521stLongest Average Lifespans: 11,115thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,619thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,831stMost Developed: 12,848thMost Subsidized Industry: 13,409thMost Secular: 15,718thHighest Average Incomes: 15,878thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,332nd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hesselan, the "boy who cried wolf" policy makes sick people reluctant to call an ambulance.
  • : Hesselan's influence in Reeds gay club rose from "Enforcer" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Hesselan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Lowest Crime Rates.
  • : Hesselan's influence in Reeds gay club rose from "Dealmaker" to "Enforcer".
  • : Hesselan was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Safest.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesselan, roadside walls are being built and mother nature is paying for it.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesselan, all marriages are arranged by the government.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesselan, giggling teens are asked to put their mouths on rubber dolls.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesselan, military officers are given medals for disobeying orders.
  • : Following new legislation in Hesselan, stolen Reuben sandwiches are met with detailed and thorough police investigations.

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