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The Emirate of Hjortheim

“Fear the deer!”

Category: Liberal Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the South Pacific



Population822 million

LeaderClaude von Riegan


The Emirate of Hjortheim is a huge, genial nation, ruled by Claude von Riegan with a fair hand, and remarkable for its smutty television, state-planned economy, and absence of drug laws. The compassionate, democratic population of 822 million Hjorts 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, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Welfare, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shikashi. The average income tax rate is 84.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Hjortheimian economy, worth 89.5 trillion gevirs 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 Trout Farming, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 108,878 gevirs, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Shady doctors seem to have impeccable records, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb, and the nation is currently revamping its entire education system. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hjortheim's national animal is the deer, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hjortheim is ranked 20,882nd in the world and 595th in the South Pacific for Most Cultured, scoring 83 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

Nudest: 252ndTop
Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 2,125thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,280thMost Influential: 3,969thLargest Welfare Programs: 4,046thMost Pacifist: 4,377thMost Compassionate Citizens: 4,385thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,523rdHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 4,831stNicest Citizens: 4,987thSafest: 5,738thMost Inclusive: 7,169thLeast Corrupt Governments: 8,299thTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,479thMost Secular: 9,515thHighest Drug Use: 9,689thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,075thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,328thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,743rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,852ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,881stMost Advanced Public Education: 11,569thLongest Average Lifespans: 12,834thHealthiest Citizens: 13,073rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,540thLargest Governments: 14,658thSmartest Citizens: 14,688thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,761stBest Weather: 15,060thMost Income Equality: 15,543rd
Nudest: 5th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 40th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 107th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 146th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 148th in the regionMost Pacifist: 158th in the regionNicest Citizens: 171st in the regionSafest: 187th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 220th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 224th in the regionMost Inclusive: 247th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 258th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 265th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 297th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 301st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 311th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 323rd in the regionMost Secular: 334th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 338th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 340th in the regionTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 365th in the regionLargest Governments: 394th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 402nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 419th in the regionMost Influential: 425th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 426th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 446th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 449th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 456th in the regionBest Weather: 485th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 525th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 544th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 548th in the regionMost Developed: 564th in the regionMost Cultured: 595th in the regionMost Income Equality: 660th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Hjortheim endorsed The Federal Republic of West Carlisten.
  • : Hjortheim was endorsed by The Federal Republic of West Carlisten.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjortheim, the nation is currently revamping its entire education system.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjortheim, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjortheim, droves of former desperados are applying to join the border police.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjortheim, shady doctors seem to have impeccable records.
  • : Hjortheim voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Responsible Land Management".
  • : Hjortheim was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Least Corrupt Governments.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjortheim, light entertainment shows are light on actual entertainment.
  • : Following new legislation in Hjortheim, the government only invests in infrastructure after a natural disaster.


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