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The Armed Republic of Hickerbilly

“God gives us life and takes us away as He sees fit.” Johnny Cash

Category: Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus



Population1.269 billion

LeaderJohnny Cash


The Armed Republic of Hickerbilly is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Johnny Cash with an even hand, and notable for its avowedly heterosexual populace, public floggings, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, devout population of 1.269 billion Hickerbillies are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Public Transport, and Healthcare also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nashville. The average income tax rate is 30.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Hickerbilly economy, worth 79.3 trillion bucks a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 62,508 bucks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

The military is on a massive recruiting drive in advance of an invasion of Brasilistan, the state auctions off combat drones to fund war reparations, scientists earn more grant money for reproducing old experiments than trying anything new, and students who refuse to pray are expelled from school. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hickerbilly's national animal is the Stag, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hickerbilly is ranked 63,360th in the world and 2,518th in Lazarus for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry, scoring 2,071.04 on the Spitz-Pollish Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,161stTop
Most Influential: 8,163rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,225thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 8,490th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 130th in the regionMost Influential: 207th in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 384th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 388th in the region

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