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Largest Black Market: 26th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 62nd Most Influential: 92nd
The Military Dictatorship of
Iron Fist Consumerists
There is no order without obedience.
Regional Influence
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Military Dictatorship of Higsantium is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Higs with an iron fist, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, enslaved workforce, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 21.902 billion Higsantiumians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Healthcare and Industry are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Higsantium City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 82.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Higsantiumian economy, worth an astonishing 10,568 trillion higs a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 482,532 higs, with the richest citizens earning 5.6 times as much as the poorest.

Children regularly take part in blood sports that result in extreme boo-boos, the nation has a strict 'no marauding undead' law (Higsantium has found 2 easter eggs), the nation's prisons are touted as the best weight loss programs money can't buy, and truncheon-mounted cameras record the beating of criminals in dynamic HD detail. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Higsantium's national animal is the vorpal bunny, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is The Cult of Higs.

Higsantium is ranked 122,346th in the world and 109th in Canada for Most Income Equality, scoring 17.97 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Largest Black Market: 26thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 62ndMost Influential: 92ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 137thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 171stHighest Average Incomes: 179thHighest Economic Output: 214thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 299thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 367thLargest Mining Sector: 369thLargest Insurance Industry: 416thLargest Information Technology Sector: 459thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 501stMost Corrupt Governments: 728thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 760thHighest Poor Incomes: 769thLargest Agricultural Sector: 991stLowest Crime Rates: 1,352ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,492ndLargest Governments: 1,602ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,673rdTop
Most Efficient Economies: 1,872ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,624thLargest Populations: 2,811thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4,222ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,817thSmartest Citizens: 5,998thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,612thLargest Retail Industry: 6,619thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,887thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,072ndMost Secular: 7,808thTop
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 8,862ndLargest Gambling Industry: 10,568thMost Authoritarian: 11,260thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,504thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11,626thMost Conservative: 12,530thHighest Average Tax Rates: 13,079th
Largest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 7th in the regionMost Conservative: 7th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 7th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 9th in the regionLargest Governments: 9th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 12th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Higsantium was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector.
  • : Higsantium was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector.
  • : Higsantium's influence in Canada fell from "Dealmaker" to "Instigator".
  • : Higsantium's influence in Canada rose from "Minnow" to "Dealmaker".
  • : Higsantium relocated from Lazarus to Canada.
  • : Higsantium was refounded in Lazarus.
  • : Higsantium ceased to exist in Canada.
  • : Higsantium was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Conservative.
  • : Following new legislation in Higsantium, truncheon-mounted cameras record the beating of criminals in dynamic HD detail.
  • : Following new legislation in Higsantium, the nation's prisons are touted as the best weight loss programs money can't buy.


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