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The Transcendent Domicile of Halliway

“Von Philosophia”

Category: New York Times Democracy
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus



Population7.193 billion


AnimalGolden Eagle

The Transcendent Domicile of Halliway is a colossal, safe nation, remarkable for its otherworldly petting zoo, frequent executions, and enforced nudity. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 7.193 billion Halliwains enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, corrupt, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nargothrond. The average income tax rate is 55.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Halliwayian economy, worth a remarkable 1,059 trillion marks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 147,248 marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.4 times as much as the poorest.

Military chiefs are predicting extra funding in this year's budget, lawyers spend as much time preparing their make-up as they do their briefs, the government spends twice its healthcare budget on replacing stolen pens, and politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back. Crime is totally unknown. Halliway's national animal is the Golden Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Halliway is ranked 51,951st in the world and 1,923rd in Lazarus for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 3,684.16 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Nudest: 653rdTop
Rudest Citizens: 2,679thMost Influential: 3,260thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,898thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4,601stMost Devout: 4,873rdLargest Retail Industry: 6,385thLargest Black Market: 8,528thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,807thMost Cultured: 9,844thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 10,502ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,071stMost Subsidized Industry: 13,173rdMost Developed: 13,400thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,519thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,534thSmartest Citizens: 13,595thHighest Average Incomes: 14,099thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,669thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15,083rdMost Inclusive: 15,449thHighest Economic Output: 15,827thMost Politically Free: 16,667thHighest Poor Incomes: 16,684thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,065thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 18,101stMost Rebellious Youth: 18,692ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 19,674th
Nudest: 23rd in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 95th in the regionMost Influential: 112th in the regionRudest Citizens: 120th in the regionMost Devout: 230th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 250th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 325th in the regionMost Politically Free: 343rd in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 476th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 533rd in the regionMost Cultured: 562nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 615th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 667th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 691st in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 716th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 759th in the region

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