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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 152nd Largest Mining Sector: 275th Most Avoided: 376th
The Star Empire of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Through blood, we endure.
Civil Rights
Very Good
Political Freedom

Overview Factbook Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards


Population23.233 billion

LeaderEmperor Niko'Dohsa
FaithThe Spirit of Man

CurrencyHuerdaen Ingot
AnimalHercules Beetle

The Star Empire of Huerdae is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Emperor Niko'Dohsa with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, rampant corporate plagiarism, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 23.233 billion Huerdaen are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The minute, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Helsearc. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Huerdaen economy, worth a remarkable 7,055 trillion Huerdaen Ingots a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 303,695 Huerdaen Ingots, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Nobody looks each other in the eye at neighborhood block parties any more, a punitive tax has been placed on harmful emissions, third world countries are rich in "I Love Helsearc" t-shirts, and it's often raining men (hallelujah) in Helsearc. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Huerdae's national animal is the Hercules Beetle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Spirit of Man.

Huerdae is ranked 1,262nd in the world and 2nd in Limitless Universe for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 835.99 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 152ndLargest Mining Sector: 275thMost Avoided: 376thMost Secular: 440thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 549thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 550thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 561stHighest Disposable Incomes: 589thHighest Poor Incomes: 650thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 653rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 719thHighest Economic Output: 747thMost Armed: 877thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,262ndHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1,313thHighest Average Incomes: 1,578thTop
Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,347thMost Inclusive: 2,397thHealthiest Citizens: 2,622ndSmartest Citizens: 2,984thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,196thLargest Populations: 3,746thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,281stLargest Retail Industry: 5,919thRudest Citizens: 8,424thTop
Largest Black Market: 9,117thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,088thMost Stationary: 11,697thMost Cultured: 13,551stMost Influential: 13,827thMost Efficient Economies: 14,256thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14,480thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 14,874th
Most Stationary: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Huerdae was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Rudest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Huerdae, it's often raining men (hallelujah) in Helsearc.
  • : Following new legislation in Huerdae, third world countries are rich in "I Love Helsearc" t-shirts.
  • : Following new legislation in Huerdae, a punitive tax has been placed on harmful emissions.
  • : Following new legislation in Huerdae, nobody looks each other in the eye at neighborhood block parties any more.
  • : Following new legislation in Huerdae, twins are held culpable for the actions of their siblings.
  • : Following new legislation in Huerdae, doctors ask for written consent before making eye contact with patients.
  • : Following new legislation in Huerdae, students consistently complain that the wi-fi ate their homework.
  • : Following new legislation in Huerdae, a ban on robots in disguise has transformed the entertainment industry.
  • : Following new legislation in Huerdae, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order.


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