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The Exploding Pumpkins of Hobgoblin

“Hee hee hee time for some Goblin fun...”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Very Strong
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: The Iceberg Lounge

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Hobgoblin

Population13.532 billion

FaithMask Wearing Freak Show Club

CurrencyGold Pumpkin
AnimalGoblin

The Exploding Pumpkins of Hobgoblin is a gargantuan, efficient nation, notable for its compulsory military service, complete lack of public education, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 13.532 billion Hobgoblinians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Industry, and Defense. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 15.0%.

The very strong Hobgoblinian economy, worth 295 trillion Gold Pumpkins a year, is quite specialized and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Door-to-door Insurance Sales, Retail, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is notable. Average income is 21,869 Gold Pumpkins, with the richest citizens earning 7.5 times as much as the poorest.

Crime suspects are forced to submit to blood testing, a recent law has banned homes from having any more than one wheel, universities are populated by the spawn of the upper classes, and the government extracts trade concessions from poor nations in exchange for humanitarian aid. Crime is a serious problem, possibly because it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many regulations. Hobgoblin's national animal is the Goblin, which can occasionally be seen sifting through garbage in the nation's cities, and its national religion is Mask Wearing Freak Show Club.

Hobgoblin is ranked 150,423rd in the world and 3rd in The Iceberg Lounge for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring -26.46 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 2,704thTop
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Most Conservative: 12,888thLargest Populations: 13,402ndHighest Crime Rates: 13,937th

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