by Max Barry

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The Republic of
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We Will Endure
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Political Freedom

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Merchants of Hulm

Population184 million


The Republic of Merchants of Hulm is a very large, orderly nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory military service, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-working, cynical population of 184 million Merchants of Hulmians are proud of their wide-ranging civil freedoms, and those who aren't tend to be dragged off the streets by men in dark suits and hustled into cars with tinted windows.

The relatively small, liberal, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Defense. The average income tax rate is 12.6%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Merchants of Hulmian economy, worth 10.1 trillion francs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Gambling industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Woodchip Exports, and Pizza Delivery. Average income is 54,699 francs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.0 times as much as the poorest.

Every workday begins with group therapy and the nation is ravaged by daily union strikes. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low. Merchants of Hulm's national animal is the penguin, which can occasionally be seen avoiding garbage in the nation's murky oceans.

Merchants of Hulm is ranked 51,662nd in the world and 45th in APSIA for Highest Disposable Incomes, with 47,807.77 Standard Monetary Units.

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