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The Empire of Hjhkii8


Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific



Population1.988 billion

CapitalThe citadel
FaithHail Leader

AnimalBlue jumping ant

The Empire of Hjhkii8 is a massive, efficient nation, notable for its closed borders, otherworldly petting zoo, and enslaved workforce. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.988 billion Hjhkii8ians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Administration are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The citadel. The average income tax rate is 97.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Hjhkii8ian economy, worth 545 trillion Ugohy8s a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, fairly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 274,387 Ugohy8s, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

The countryside is shrouded by wind farms, Bigtopian relations have become a minefield, frequent fliers are obliged to submit to invasive security procedures by government security, and Hjhkii8 is increasingly belligerent on the international stage. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hjhkii8's national animal is the Blue jumping ant, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Hail Leader.

Hjhkii8 is ranked 156,903rd in the world and 6,273rd in the South Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 15.31 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 258thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 501stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 627thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1,102ndMost Corrupt Governments: 1,297thTop
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 1,708thLargest Black Market: 2,012thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,032ndHighest Average Incomes: 2,180thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,874thLowest Crime Rates: 2,901stLargest Governments: 2,938thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,478thMost Authoritarian: 3,700thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,705thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,739thMost Influential: 4,351stLargest Mining Sector: 5,233rdMost Subsidized Industry: 5,520thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 6,313thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,983rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,180thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,594thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,649thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,668thMost Extreme: 9,421stLargest Information Technology Sector: 9,634thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,611thMost Conservative: 11,506thMost Secular: 11,598thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,434thMost Efficient Economies: 12,683rdSmartest Citizens: 13,699thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,434th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 26th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 27th in the regionLargest Black Market: 33rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 49th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 51st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 64th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 67th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 69th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 77th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 89th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 92nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 120th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 131st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 137th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 165th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 179th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 194th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 205th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 235th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 258th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 260th in the regionMost Extreme: 282nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 294th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 318th in the regionTop
Most Scientifically Advanced: 373rd in the regionMost Secular: 400th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 414th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 434th in the regionMost Influential: 446th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 513th in the regionMost Conservative: 581st in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 622nd in the regionMost Developed: 660th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 681st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Hjhkii8 was endorsed by The WA Republic of Qawe.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjhkii8, Hjhkii8 is increasingly belligerent on the international stage.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjhkii8, frequent fliers are obliged to submit to invasive security procedures by government security.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjhkii8, Bigtopian relations have become a minefield.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjhkii8, the countryside is shrouded by wind farms.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjhkii8, the government is hungry to spread communism beyond the nation's borders.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjhkii8, TV shows must meet strict ethnicity quotas.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjhkii8, at the edge of the final frontier space's biggest missile platform is about to unfold.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjhkii8, dreams of replicator technology have been dashed following a ban on 3D printers.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjhkii8, all footpaths have tollbooths.


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