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The Confederacy of Halbhalbha

“Yeah, Nah”

Category: Corporate Bordello
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the Pacific

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Halbhalbha

Population5.31 billion

CapitalHalbhalbha City
LeaderAnne R Kist

Currencyhalb
Animalrobot

The Confederacy of Halbhalbha is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Anne R Kist with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rampant corporate plagiarism, flagrant waste-dumping, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 5.31 billion Halbians are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, outspoken government, or what there is of one, is solely concerned with Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Halbhalbha City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Halbhalbhan economy, worth a remarkable 1,511 trillion halbs a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with major contributions from Soda Sales, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 284,671 halbs, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,819,540 per year while the poor average 18,254, a ratio of 99.7 to 1.

Billions are being spent on a new island airport, all tariffs have been abolished, praying before a battle is a court-martial offence, and organised sports are frowned upon as frivolous. Crime, especially youth-related, is so common that it is unusual to encounter someone following the law, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Halbhalbha's national animal is the robot, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Halbhalbha is ranked 60,795th in the world and 773rd in the Pacific for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero Valid Endorsements.

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Rudest Citizens: 28thLargest Retail Industry: 44thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 45thHighest Crime Rates: 57thMost Armed: 78thFattest Citizens: 101stLargest Gambling Industry: 136thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 177thMost Avoided: 183rdMost Rebellious Youth: 251stMost Ignorant Citizens: 255thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 308thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 330thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 382ndLowest Overall Tax Burden: 386thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 694thHighest Disposable Incomes: 719thLargest Mining Sector: 858thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,504thTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 1,773rdHighest Average Incomes: 1,924thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,548thMost Devout: 3,705thNudest: 3,957thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 7,086thMost Efficient Economies: 7,618thMost Pro-Market: 7,969thTop
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Highest Economic Output: 8,818thHighest Drug Use: 9,031stMost Influential: 16,379thMost Stationary: 16,400thLargest Black Market: 16,589th
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Rudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 13th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 15th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 38th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 38th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 55th in the regionMost Devout: 60th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 70th in the regionNudest: 121st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 136th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 146th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 149th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 160th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 175th in the regionLargest Black Market: 219th in the regionMost Stationary: 258th in the regionMost Influential: 331st in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 389th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, organised sports are frowned upon as frivolous.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, praying before a battle is a court-martial offence.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, all tariffs have been abolished.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, billions are being spent on a new island airport.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, the thought of funding space programs drives Anne R Kist crazy.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, violently opinionated speakers can be heard preaching their hateful views on every street corner.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, the public health bureaucracy is wrapped in miles of red tape.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, economists confusingly list "fusarium rot and leaf blight" as major risk factors for monetary deflation.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, a valid legal defense is 'dead men tell no tales'.

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