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The Commonwealth of Handal Ands

“With the Strength of the People”

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Regional Influence: Powerbroker

Location: The Democratic Union


Handal Ands

Population5.577 billion

CapitalLuxich Chist Grontier
LeaderPresident Henrik Litzinger


The Commonwealth of Handal Ands is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by President Henrik Litzinger with an iron fist, and remarkable for its unlimited-speed roads, keen interest in outer space, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.577 billion Handal Andsians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Luxich Chist Grontier. The average income tax rate is 21.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Handal Andsian economy, worth a remarkable 1,435 trillion Rubles a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 257,306 Rubles, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.4 times as much as the poorest.

Airplane passengers who purchase "basic economy" tickets are often assigned seats in the lavatory, citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering', toddler groups haven taken over local libraries, and the government is pouring money into 'Operation Enduring Democracy'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Handal Ands's national animal is the Jaguar, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Handal Ands is ranked 20,649th in the world and 1st in The Democratic Union for Most Influential, scoring 1,331 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Largest Retail Industry: 764thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,429thMost Devout: 1,541stTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 1,623rdMost Corrupt Governments: 2,205thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,212thLargest Black Market: 2,516thHighest Average Incomes: 2,614thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,959thLargest Insurance Industry: 3,102ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,284thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,525thRudest Citizens: 3,592ndLargest Gambling Industry: 3,678thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,181stLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,885thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,239thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,410thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,740thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 6,010thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,097thMost Cultured: 6,756thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,930thMost Scientifically Advanced: 7,046thMost Efficient Economies: 7,274thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,463rdTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 7,862ndHighest Economic Output: 9,394thHealthiest Citizens: 9,496thSmartest Citizens: 9,893rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10,881stLargest Governments: 11,417thMost Developed: 11,655thLowest Crime Rates: 14,218th
Largest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Cultured: 1st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 1st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Influential: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Stationary: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4th in the region

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