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The Wave Surfing Republic of Helben

“Let's go and surf the waves!”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Alnobia

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Helben

Population3.189 billion

CapitalHigh View
LeaderPeanuts
FaithViŽlism

CurrencyhWave
AnimalDolphin

The Wave Surfing Republic of Helben is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Peanuts with a fair hand, and remarkable for its rum-swilling pirates, irreverence towards religion, and restrictive gun laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 3.189 billion Helbenians love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of High View. The average income tax rate is 78.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Helbenian economy, worth 306 trillion hWaves a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Book Publishing, and Cheese Exports. Average income is 96,081 hWaves, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

An endless multinational bureaucracy connects the Red Bloc, politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income, citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature', and the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass". Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Helben's national animal is the Dolphin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is ViŽlism.

Helben is ranked 83,266th in the world and 12th in Alnobia for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 2,281.93 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

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5%
Most Pacifist: 4,591stMost Secular: 4,709thMost Compassionate Citizens: 5,292ndLargest Welfare Programs: 5,836thNicest Citizens: 6,015thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,110thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,870thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,989thSafest: 7,474thMost Rebellious Youth: 7,692ndMost Inclusive: 8,275thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 9,507thLeast Corrupt Governments: 9,551stBest Weather: 9,864thTop
10%
Most Beautiful Environments: 10,839thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,709thMost Advanced Public Education: 12,210thMost Income Equality: 13,181stLongest Average Lifespans: 14,647thHealthiest Citizens: 14,732ndHighest Poor Incomes: 14,862ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 15,191stLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,474thSmartest Citizens: 16,458thMost Politically Free: 18,427thMost Cultured: 19,208thLargest Governments: 20,354thMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,519th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Helben, the new national campaign exhorts men to "Show Some Class - Don't Sit On Your Ass".
  • : Following new legislation in Helben, citizens recently voted in favour of declaring bubblewrap an 'abomination of nature'.
  • : Following new legislation in Helben, politicians are often found scavenging bins at night to supplement their income.
  • : Following new legislation in Helben, an endless multinational bureaucracy connects the Red Bloc.
  • : Helben was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Helben was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Governments.
  • : Helben was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments and Best Weather.
  • : Following new legislation in Helben, passionate nomination battles are often as intense as general elections.
  • : Following new legislation in Helben, students consistently complain that the wi-fi ate their homework.
  • : Following new legislation in Helben, proletariat workers identify less with the hammer and sickle and more with the touchscreen and phone charger.

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