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Most Authoritarian: 4,939thMost Income Equality: 9,510thMost Extreme: 20,321st
The Borderlands of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Veritas Aequitas
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Struggling
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Hjallvinter

Population29 million

CurrencyMark
AnimalBear

The Borderlands of Hjallvinter is a small, safe nation, remarkable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The cynical, devout population of 29 million Hjallvinterians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Welfare, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 75.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The struggling Hjallvinterian economy, worth 556 billion Marks 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 Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with significant contributions from Furniture Restoration, Pizza Delivery, and Uranium Mining. Average income is 19,196 Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children must be board certified to append "Jr" to their name, interviewees for teaching jobs are waterboarded to "reveal undesirable histories", shivering secretaries type letters under torrential downpours in open-roof offices, and laborers are building walls and making Wezeltonia pay for it. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hjallvinter's national animal is the Bear, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Hjallvinter is ranked 54,085th in the world and 34th in Barbaria for Most Popular Tourist Destinations, with 1,052.05 Tourists Per Hour.

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Most Authoritarian: 4,939thMost Income Equality: 9,510thTop
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Most Extreme: 20,321stMost Ignorant Citizens: 20,406thHighest Average Tax Rates: 20,859th
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Most Extreme: 3rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 3rd in the regionMost Income Equality: 4th in the regionTop
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Most Pacifist: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Hjallvinter's influence in Barbaria rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Hjallvinter's influence in Barbaria rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Hjallvinter's influence in Barbaria rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Following new legislation in Hjallvinter, laborers are building walls and making Wezeltonia pay for it.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjallvinter, shivering secretaries type letters under torrential downpours in open-roof offices.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjallvinter, interviewees for teaching jobs are waterboarded to "reveal undesirable histories".
  • : Following new legislation in Hjallvinter, children must be board certified to append "Jr" to their name.
  • : Hjallvinter was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Income Equality.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjallvinter, the consent form for routine blood pressure measurement has been nominated for the 'Novel Of The Year' award.
  • : Hjallvinter's influence in Barbaria rose from "Zero" to "Nipper".

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