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The United Republic of Heisenbee

“Ego? Ego sum monumentum omnibus peccatis vestris.”

Category: Father Knows Best State
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Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: New Western Empire



Population15.202 billion

LeaderJohn Adama


The United Republic of Heisenbee is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by John Adama with an iron fist, and notable for its enslaved workforce, punitive income tax rates, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 15.202 billion Heiseans 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, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry, Education, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Environment and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Caldera. The average income tax rate is 74.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Heisean economy, worth a remarkable 5,470 trillion Credits a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Automobile Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 359,865 Credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

The "temporary replacement bus service" is now a permanent fixture, politicians look weirdly alike, wealthy pranksters dump refuse on unsuspecting citizens from up high, and the Heisean delegation to the World Assembly is having a hard time convincing people that international law will "pay for itself somehow...". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Heisenbee's national animal is the Hobbie, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Heisianity.

Heisenbee is ranked 9,952nd in the world and 44th in New Western Empire for Most Developed, scoring 90.27 on the Human Development Index.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 227thLargest Black Market: 406thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 767thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 821stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,043rdLargest Mining Sector: 1,119thHighest Average Incomes: 1,158thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,491stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,565thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,732ndHighest Economic Output: 1,777thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,857thMost Efficient Economies: 2,272ndMost Corrupt Governments: 2,402ndTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 2,410thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,413thMost Avoided: 2,623rdFattest Citizens: 3,186thMost Influential: 3,611thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,750thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 4,654thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,946thLowest Crime Rates: 5,063rdLargest Insurance Industry: 5,254thMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,347thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,885thMost Secular: 5,942ndLargest Governments: 6,038thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,314thLargest Retail Industry: 7,389thMost Developed: 9,952ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,929thSmartest Citizens: 10,967thTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,376thLongest Average Lifespans: 15,547thLargest Populations: 16,260thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17,142ndMost Advanced Public Education: 18,865thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19,841stLargest Gambling Industry: 20,487thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 21,302ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 22,736thRudest Citizens: 22,951stMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,989th
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Mining Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 7th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Populations: 8th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 10th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 10th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 11th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 11th in the regionMost Avoided: 12th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 12th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 14th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 14th in the regionFattest Citizens: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 16th in the regionMost Secular: 16th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 18th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 19th in the regionMost Influential: 20th in the region

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