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The Kingdom of Hell Freezing

“Freeze a jolly good fellow”

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

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: The Kingdom of Burgundy

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Hell Freezing

Population27.522 billion

LeaderJack Frost
FaithMonotheism

Currencyanthracite
Animallittle devil

The Kingdom of Hell Freezing is a gargantuan, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Jack Frost with an even hand, and notable for its infamous sell-swords, enslaved workforce, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, devout population of 27.522 billion Hell Freezingians 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 minute government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Environment, with Education and Law & Order also on the agenda, while Public Transport and Welfare are ignored. The average income tax rate is 7.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Hell Freezingian economy, worth 633 trillion anthracites a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is highly specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Basket Weaving, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is 23,013 anthracites, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

A new religious movement claims that people's souls are stored in phosphorus, economists have been named Invertebrates of the Year, seven-year-olds debate for weeks on the merits of the Oxford comma, and antique comic book collectors are disappointed to hear that their treasures are worth exactly as little as their mothers said they were. Crime, especially youth-related, is a problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Hell Freezing's national animal is the little devil, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Monotheism.

Hell Freezing is ranked 158,074th in the world and 5th in The Kingdom of Burgundy for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring -8.25 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Top
5%
Largest Populations: 2,355thMost Cheerful Citizens: 6,451stMost Influential: 7,266thTop
10%
Most Rebellious Youth: 14,366thMost Primitive: 16,283rd

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hell Freezing, antique comic book collectors are disappointed to hear that their treasures are worth exactly as little as their mothers said they were.
  • : Following new legislation in Hell Freezing, seven-year-olds debate for weeks on the merits of the Oxford comma.
  • : Following new legislation in Hell Freezing, economists have been named Invertebrates of the Year.
  • : Following new legislation in Hell Freezing, a new religious movement claims that people's souls are stored in phosphorus.
  • : Following new legislation in Hell Freezing, child shoplifters spend half their youth behind bars.
  • : Hell Freezing was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Average and Most Primitive.
  • : Following new legislation in Hell Freezing, many are questioning Jack Frost wearing an Eckie-Ecola baseball cap during a keynote speech.
  • : Following new legislation in Hell Freezing, urban graffiti is hand-calligraphed in perfectly kerned elegant fonts.
  • : Following new legislation in Hell Freezing, the space program has been scrapped in order to focus on more terrestrial pursuits.
  • : Following new legislation in Hell Freezing, witnesses have to run a gauntlet of mob enforcers to testify at trials.

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