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The Grand Duchy of Harpiatopia

“Papi! Papi's Papi the Harpy!” Grand Duchess Papi Xíhuitl V

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Hermit

Location: The Broken Spine of the Sierra Madre



Population2.784 billion

CapitalHarpiatopia City
LeaderGrand Duchess Papi Xíhuitl V
FaithThe Harpy Church


The Grand Duchy of Harpiatopia is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by Grand Duchess Papi Xíhuitl V with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, strictly enforced bedtime, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 2.784 billion Harpiatopians 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 medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Harpiatopia City. The average income tax rate is 45.2%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Harpiatopian economy, worth 280 trillion Harpiermarks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 100,848 Harpiermarks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Polygamy is legal, the dessert 'Death by Chocolate' isn't the most lethal dish on the menu, the government considers it a sacred duty to video bikini-clad beach swimmers, and tax-payers are funding ever more extravagant movie projects. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Harpiatopia's national animal is the Chicken, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is The Harpy Church.

Harpiatopia is ranked 6,819th in the world and 1st in The Broken Spine of the Sierra Madre for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 7,071.84 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most Influential: 5,497thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,819thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,384thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 12,296thMost Valuable International Artwork: 15,510thMost Cultured: 15,535thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 16,060thHighest Poor Incomes: 17,938th

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