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The Opossocracy of Hillbillica

“*aggressive fiddle playing*”

Category: Anarchy
Civil Rights:
World Benchmark
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Ambassador

Location: Realm of the Whispering Winds

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Hillbillica

Population1.201 billion

CapitalStalebelly Gulch
LeaderHigh Fiddler Obadiah

Currencypelt
Animalopossum

The Opossocracy of Hillbillica is a massive, socially progressive nation, ruled by High Fiddler Obadiah with a fair hand, and notable for its otherworldly petting zoo, frequent executions, and complete lack of public education. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 1.201 billion Hillbillies live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through biker gangs.

The tiny, corrupt, liberal, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Stalebelly Gulch. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Hillbillican economy, worth 163 trillion pelts a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Retail, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 135,730 pelts, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 760,924 per year while the poor average 12,004, a ratio of 63.4 to 1.

The average person needs three full-time jobs just to get by, it's been a banner year for local vexillology, theoretical science is only theoretical, and one of the nation's leading exports is empty platitudes. Crime, especially youth-related, is all-pervasive, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. Hillbillica's national animal is the opossum, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Hillbillica is ranked 166,827th in the world and 105th in Realm of the Whispering Winds for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring -11.59 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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1%
Highest Crime Rates: 415thMost Armed: 508thRudest Citizens: 532ndFattest Citizens: 1,009thLargest Retail Industry: 1,296thMost Avoided: 1,688thTop
5%
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,974thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,162ndMost Rebellious Youth: 2,259thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,263rdLargest Mining Sector: 3,089thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,873rdLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,362ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,598thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5,152ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,347thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,517thMost Influential: 7,221stMost Corrupt Governments: 7,582ndMost Cheerful Citizens: 8,004thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 8,261stTop
10%
Largest Soda Pop Sector: 9,597thMost Pro-Market: 10,349thMost Efficient Economies: 11,587thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,496thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 12,505thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,755thMost Inclusive: 14,471stHighest Average Incomes: 15,852nd
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1%
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionTop
5%
Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2nd in the regionFattest Citizens: 2nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Armed: 2nd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 2nd in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 3rd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 4th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 4th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 4th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 5th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 5th in the regionTop
10%
Most Extensive Civil Rights: 7th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7th in the regionMost Influential: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 9th in the regionNudest: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 10th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hillbillica, one of the nation's leading exports is empty platitudes.
  • : Following new legislation in Hillbillica, theoretical science is only theoretical.
  • : Following new legislation in Hillbillica, it's been a banner year for local vexillology.
  • : Hillbillica voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Ban on Sterilisation of Minors etc".
  • : Following new legislation in Hillbillica, the average person needs three full-time jobs just to get by.
  • : Following new legislation in Hillbillica, shivering secretaries type letters under torrential downpours in open-roof offices.
  • : Following new legislation in Hillbillica, the government has spent days debating the merits of a petition calling for a ban on sporks.
  • : Following new legislation in Hillbillica, bizarre-looking creatures called 'opossumdogs' dominate wildlife preserves.
  • : Following new legislation in Hillbillica, small towns have started burning historical buildings in hopes of attracting tourists.
  • : Hillbillica was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Avoided, the Top 5% for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, and the Top 10% for Most Extensive Civil Rights and Largest Soda Pop Sector.

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