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The Federal Republic of Holdac

“Panem et Circenses”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The North Pacific

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Holdac

Population285 million

CurrencyCanto Credit
AnimalAurealeno Roadrunner

The Federal Republic of Holdac is a huge, orderly nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, pith helmet sales, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 285 million Holdanians 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 relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 12.4%.

The all-consuming Holdacian economy, worth 31.9 trillion Canto Credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is notable. Average income is an impressive 111,985 Canto Credits, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 336,460 per year while the poor average 29,095, a ratio of 11.6 to 1.

People reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight, Leader is famed for giving great back rubs, Holdacian farm salmon are known for being both horribly diseased and remarkably acrobatic, and politicians "baring all" for the camera isn't always a figure of speech. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Holdac's national animal is the Aurealeno Roadrunner, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Holdac is ranked 142,528th in the world and 7,662nd in The North Pacific for Most Income Equality, scoring 8.65 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Top
5%
Most Influential: 5,154thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,437thFattest Citizens: 6,496thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,390thTop
10%
Most Corrupt Governments: 9,218thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 10,476thLargest Retail Industry: 10,862ndLargest Insurance Industry: 12,710thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,281stMost Scientifically Advanced: 16,057thMost Secular: 16,777th
Top
5%
Fattest Citizens: 231st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 271st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 272nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 341st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 368th in the regionTop
10%
Largest Retail Industry: 497th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 624th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 650th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 752nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 798th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 812th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 848th in the regionMost Secular: 853rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Holdac lodged a message on the The North Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Holdac lodged a message on the The North Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Holdac lodged a message on the The North Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Holdac was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Secular.
  • : Holdac lodged a message on the The North Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Holdac lodged a message on the The North Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Holdac, politicians "baring all" for the camera isn't always a figure of speech.
  • : Following new legislation in Holdac, Holdacian farm salmon are known for being both horribly diseased and remarkably acrobatic.
  • : Following new legislation in Holdac, Leader is famed for giving great back rubs.
  • : Following new legislation in Holdac, people reciting Shakespeare have become a common sight.

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