by Max Barry

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Most Primitive: 140thMost Devout: 173rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 290th
The Holy Island Kingdom of
Psychotic Dictatorship
For Union of Nation and Soul
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population6.769 billion

CapitalAngel's Wait
LeaderKing Nestor Lilian II
FaithEastern Orthodoxy


The Holy Island Kingdom of Holma is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by King Nestor Lilian II with an iron fist, and notable for its closed borders, sprawling nuclear power plants, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.769 billion Holmen 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 government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized morass — is primarily concerned with Spirituality, with Law & Order, Defense, and Environment also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Angel's Wait. The average income tax rate is 88.2%.

The powerhouse Holman economy, worth 761 trillion Drumms a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 112,473 Drumms, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

Wrongful arrests abound as 'criminals' blame the guy next to them, the government funds private schools for intellectually gifted children, an enormous health awareness programme is underway, and oil executives can be seen reluctantly cleaning oil-soaked birds. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Holma's national animal is the Crow, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Eastern Orthodoxy.

Holma is ranked 10,352nd in the world and 546th in Balder for Lowest Crime Rates, with 96.43 law-abiding acts per hour.

Most Primitive: 140thMost Devout: 173rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 290thMost Influential: 437thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,818thTop
Most Patriotic: 3,469thBest Weather: 4,174thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,015thLargest Black Market: 6,656thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,692ndMost Corrupt Governments: 6,913thMost Beautiful Environments: 7,240thMost Authoritarian: 9,432ndMost Armed: 9,924thLowest Crime Rates: 10,352ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,462ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,743rdMost Cultured: 12,054thMost Conservative: 12,611thLargest Mining Sector: 13,934thTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,899thLargest Governments: 16,898thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 26,608thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 29,824th
Most Influential: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionMost Primitive: 7th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 83rd in the regionTop
Most Patriotic: 108th in the regionBest Weather: 175th in the regionLargest Black Market: 240th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 278th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 293rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 312th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 359th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 372nd in the regionMost Conservative: 406th in the regionMost Armed: 445th in the regionTop
Most Extreme: 496th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 516th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 546th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 569th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 576th in the regionMost Cultured: 619th in the regionLargest Governments: 857th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 917th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Holma's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Holma's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Holma's influence in Balder rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Holma was refounded in Balder.
  • : Holma ceased to exist in 10000 Islands.
  • : Holma was endorsed by The Fabled Republic of Wischland.
  • : Holma was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Holma was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Politically Apathetic Citizens.
  • : Holma was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Popular Tourist Destinations.
  • : Holma was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Manufacturing Sector.