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The Confederacy of Halbhalbha

“Yeah, Nah”

Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excessive

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the Pacific

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Halbhalbha

Population6.947 billion

CapitalHalbhalbha City
LeaderAnne R Kist

Currencyhalb
Animalrobot

The Confederacy of Halbhalbha is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Anne R Kist with a fair hand, and renowned for its infamous sell-swords, absence of drug laws, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless, devout population of 6.947 billion Halbians live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The minute, corrupt, liberal, 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 2,156 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 Woodchip Exports. Average income is an amazing 310,430 halbs, with the richest citizens earning 8.1 times as much as the poorest.

Stranded astronauts hitch rides on foreign spacecraft to get home, eight-year-olds can be seen lighting up in public areas, immigrant herding has become a national pastime, and a valid legal defense is 'dead men tell no tales'. 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 1,765th in the world and 49th in the Pacific for Highest Average Incomes, with 310,430.13 Standard Monetary Units.

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Rudest Citizens: 27thLargest Retail Industry: 32ndLargest Soda Pop Sector: 32ndHighest Crime Rates: 44thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 49thMost Armed: 58thFattest Citizens: 85thLargest Gambling Industry: 98thMost Avoided: 144thMost Rebellious Youth: 179thMost Ignorant Citizens: 205thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 282ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 315thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 320thHighest Disposable Incomes: 593rdLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 702ndLargest Mining Sector: 897thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,564thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,652ndHighest Average Incomes: 1,765thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,772ndTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3,186thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 3,442ndMost Devout: 4,191stNudest: 5,895thHighest Economic Output: 6,687thMost Efficient Economies: 7,460thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,368thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,686thTop
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Highest Drug Use: 12,484thMost Politically Free: 13,894thMost Stationary: 14,330thLargest Black Market: 15,701stMost Pro-Market: 16,911thMost Influential: 17,229th
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Largest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 3rd in the regionFattest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 7th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 7th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 11th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 21st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 31st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 49th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 50th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 61st in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 78th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 79th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 93rd in the regionMost Devout: 96th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 118th in the regionMost Politically Free: 136th in the regionNudest: 160th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 187th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 213th in the regionMost Stationary: 217th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 274th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 291st in the regionMost Influential: 291st in the regionLargest Populations: 332nd in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 417th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 685th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, a valid legal defense is 'dead men tell no tales'.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, immigrant herding has become a national pastime.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, eight-year-olds can be seen lighting up in public areas.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, stranded astronauts hitch rides on foreign spacecraft to get home.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, people say that smog must be good for you because of its healthy green colour.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, exports of chewing gum are inexplicably falling.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, Occam's razor has sliced to pieces any childhood belief in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, commuter vessels have trouble staying afloat due to increased passengers.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, the nation has opened its arms to an influx of refugees.
  • : Following new legislation in Halbhalbha, orthopaedics patients often have a bounce in their step.

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