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The Thriving Republic of HardKor

“Spare no man, Leave no brother behind” 박완진

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Ambassador

Location: Die Schwarze Sonne

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HardKor

Population3.69 billion

CapitalHyeondae
Leader박완진

CurrencyHarks
AnimalWhite Tiger

The Thriving Republic of HardKor is a massive, safe nation, ruled by 박완진 with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, frequent executions, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 3.69 billion HardKorians 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Hyeondae. The average income tax rate is 91.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient HardKorian economy, worth 407 trillion Harks a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 110,416 Harks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Bars are packed at all hours, the national anthem is a rather effective sleeping aid, serial killers who are released early distribute death but not their seed, and footballers are doing aerobics in the sauna to build their hot weather endurance. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. HardKor's national animal is the White Tiger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

HardKor is ranked 84,001st in the world and 6th in Die Schwarze Sonne for Most Influential, scoring 87 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,156thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,972ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,018thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,841stSafest: 5,577thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,715thMost Cheerful Citizens: 7,073rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,118thTop
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 7,879thNicest Citizens: 9,887thLargest Governments: 10,332ndHealthiest Citizens: 10,455thMost Pacifist: 10,688thMost Compassionate Citizens: 10,901stMost Developed: 11,200thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,244thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,814thMost Advanced Public Education: 11,904thMost Efficient Economies: 12,637thLongest Average Lifespans: 13,078thMost Secular: 13,118thHighest Poor Incomes: 13,457thMost Inclusive: 13,916thLowest Crime Rates: 14,778th
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Secular: 1st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Cultured: 2nd in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 2nd in the regionSafest: 2nd in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 2nd in the regionMost Pacifist: 2nd in the regionNicest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2nd in the regionMost Developed: 2nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionBest Weather: 3rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Populations: 4th in the regionMost Income Equality: 4th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 4th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 4th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in HardKor, footballers are doing aerobics in the sauna to build their hot weather endurance.
  • : Following new legislation in HardKor, serial killers who are released early distribute death but not their seed.
  • : Following new legislation in HardKor, the national anthem is a rather effective sleeping aid.
  • : Following new legislation in HardKor, bars are packed at all hours.
  • : Following new legislation in HardKor, employers are never quite sure if graduates' qualifications have any merit or meaning.
  • : HardKor's influence in Die Schwarze Sonne fell from "Auxiliary" to "Ambassador".
  • : HardKor's influence in Die Schwarze Sonne fell from "Negotiator" to "Auxiliary".
  • : HardKor's influence in Die Schwarze Sonne fell from "Contender" to "Negotiator".
  • : HardKor was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Cheerful Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in HardKor, whipping posts and lashes have been transferred to the Historical Museum of HardKorian Embarrassments.

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