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The Republic of Haha458

“Duty, Power, Victory”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The East Pacific



Population17.743 billion

CapitalHaha458 City


The Republic of Haha458 is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, pith helmet sales, and national health service. The hard-nosed population of 17.743 billion Haha458ians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The tiny, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Haha458 City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Haha458ian economy, worth a remarkable 5,132 trillion Zennies a year, is led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 289,270 Zennies, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Schoolboys trained in chivalry are encouraged to duel other boys for a maiden's hand, being Leader has been voted one of the top ten most dangerous jobs, the Sandmen are calling it a night, and autocrats are persona non grata. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Haha458's national animal is the Pegasus, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Haha458 is ranked 31st in the world and 1st in The East Pacific for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 41,436.15 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 31stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 52ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 98thHealthiest Citizens: 224thMost Developed: 295thLongest Average Lifespans: 334thBest Weather: 387thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 437thMost Cultured: 616thLargest Publishing Industry: 656thRudest Citizens: 687thHighest Disposable Incomes: 724thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 881stMost Beautiful Environments: 899thMost Armed: 1,240thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,416thSmartest Citizens: 1,445thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,655thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,680thHighest Economic Output: 1,779thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,836thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,856thMost Stationary: 1,940thHighest Average Incomes: 2,228thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,261stTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,469thMost Secular: 3,180thMost Efficient Economies: 3,258thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,760thLowest Crime Rates: 6,543rdLargest Populations: 8,788thMost Inclusive: 9,027thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,111thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,255thMost Cheerful Citizens: 9,583rdLargest Governments: 10,935thTop
Most Influential: 11,645thLargest Black Market: 14,671stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 18,567thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,770th
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 7th in the regionBest Weather: 8th in the regionMost Developed: 9th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 9th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 10th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 11th in the regionMost Cultured: 16th in the regionRudest Citizens: 18th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 20th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 23rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 25th in the regionMost Armed: 27th in the regionMost Stationary: 33rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 34th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 39th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 44th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 45th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 46th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 55th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 56th in the regionLargest Populations: 61st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 65th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 65th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 72nd in the regionTop
Most Secular: 92nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 125th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 180th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 224th in the regionLargest Governments: 269th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 283rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 284th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 311th in the regionLargest Black Market: 368th in the regionTop
Nudest: 513th in the regionMost Influential: 611th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 644th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 705th in the regionMost Average: 790th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 855th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Haha458 was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans and Most Developed.
  • : Following new legislation in Haha458, autocrats are persona non grata.
  • : Following new legislation in Haha458, the Sandmen are calling it a night.
  • : Following new legislation in Haha458, being Leader has been voted one of the top ten most dangerous jobs.
  • : Following new legislation in Haha458, schoolboys trained in chivalry are encouraged to duel other boys for a maiden's hand.
  • : Following new legislation in Haha458, five-year-olds who refuse to line up on command get gold stars.
  • : Following new legislation in Haha458, the government denies that it has an agency overseeing plausible deniability of black-ops agencies.
  • : Following new legislation in Haha458, foreign governments are threatened if they so much as mention the word "election".
  • : Following new legislation in Haha458, politicians spend a lot of time hanging around kids' playgrounds.
  • : Following new legislation in Haha458, children must be board certified to append "Jr" to their name.


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