by Max Barry

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Largest Black Market: 29th Most Advanced Defense Forces: 63rd Most Influential: 101st
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, orderly nation, ruled by Emperor Higs with an iron fist, and remarkable for its enslaved workforce, zero percent divorce rate, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 22.375 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, with Healthcare and Industry also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare receive no funds. 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 10,796 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 150,252nd in the world and 140th in Canada for Most Compassionate Citizens, scoring 8.8 on the Kitten Softness Rating.

Largest Black Market: 29thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 63rdMost Influential: 101stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 141stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 175thHighest Average Incomes: 188thHighest Economic Output: 206thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 308thLargest Mining Sector: 371stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 376thLargest Insurance Industry: 402ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 491stLargest Information Technology Sector: 550thMost Corrupt Governments: 722ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 728thHighest Poor Incomes: 804thLargest Agricultural Sector: 1,042ndLowest Crime Rates: 1,359thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,417thTop
Largest Governments: 1,604thMost Efficient Economies: 1,851stMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,859thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,437thLargest Populations: 2,782ndLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3,691stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,489thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,550thSmartest Citizens: 6,208thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,321stLargest Retail Industry: 6,824thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,857thTop
Most Secular: 7,604thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8,352ndMost Authoritarian: 9,041stLargest Gambling Industry: 9,449thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 10,150thMost Conservative: 10,214thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,166thHighest Average Tax Rates: 12,107th
Highest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Conservative: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionTop
Largest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Governments: 8th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 9th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 10th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 10th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 10th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 11th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 12th in the regionMost Extreme: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Higsantium's influence in Canada fell from "Dealmaker" to "Instigator".
  • : Higsantium's influence in Canada rose from "Minnow" to "Dealmaker".
  • : Higsantium relocated from Osiris to Canada.
  • : Higsantium was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Higsantium ceased to exist in Canada.
  • : Higsantium's influence in Canada fell from "Dealmaker" to "Instigator".
  • : Higsantium's influence in Canada rose from "Instigator" to "Dealmaker".
  • : 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 was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Soda Pop Sector.


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