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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

Population15.072 billion

FaithMask Wearing Freak Show Club

CurrencyGold Pumpkin
AnimalGoblin

The Exploding Pumpkins of Hobgoblin is a gargantuan, orderly nation, notable for its compulsory military service, complete lack of public education, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 15.072 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 14.2%.

The very strong Hobgoblinian economy, worth 332 trillion Gold Pumpkins a year, is quite specialized and led by the Uranium Mining industry, with major contributions from Retail, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Arms Manufacturing. Average income is 22,077 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 193,875th in the world and 2nd in The Iceberg Lounge for Safest, scoring 12.39 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

Top
5%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 3,736thTop
10%
Largest Populations: 12,997thMost Conservative: 15,089thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 19,640thHighest Crime Rates: 19,987th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Hobgoblin was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Hobgoblin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Hobgoblin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Zombified and Most Dead.
  • : Hobgoblin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Zombies and Most Survivors.
  • : Hobgoblin's influence in The Iceberg Lounge rose from "Enforcer" to "Eminence Grise".
  • : Hobgoblin's influence in The Iceberg Lounge rose from "Dealmaker" to "Enforcer".
  • : Hobgoblin's influence in The Iceberg Lounge fell from "Enforcer" to "Dealmaker".
  • : Hobgoblin's influence in The Iceberg Lounge rose from "Dealmaker" to "Enforcer".
  • : Hobgoblin's influence in The Iceberg Lounge fell from "Enforcer" to "Dealmaker".
  • : Hobgoblin was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extreme.

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