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The Corporate Republic of Holdac

“Panem et Circenses”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: The East Pacific

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Holdac

Population1.903 billion

CapitalVandame

CurrencyCanto Credit
AnimalBrown Bear

The Corporate Republic of Holdac is a massive, efficient nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, complete lack of prisons, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.903 billion 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, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vandame. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 12.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Holdacian economy, worth 222 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 116,793 Canto Credits, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 377,463 per year while the poor average 27,309, a ratio of 13.8 to 1.

Farting etiquette is taught in schools, sexually-starved male dinosaurs terrorise tourists during weekly breakouts from Mesozoic Park, traffic jams are a common sight due to construction work from a massive overhaul of the nation's freeways, and the cancellation of "The Real Vixens of Vandame" has been described as a real blow for entertainment. 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 Brown Bear, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Holdac is ranked 23,541st in the world and 642nd in The East Pacific for Highest Average Incomes, with 116,793.68 Standard Monetary Units.

Top
5%
Highest Disposable Incomes: 6,197thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 7,707thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9,658thTop
10%
Most Corrupt Governments: 10,576thLargest Retail Industry: 12,029thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,151stMost Avoided: 14,249thMost Scientifically Advanced: 15,933rdLargest Insurance Industry: 16,501stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,324thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,213thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,355thMost Secular: 19,585thLargest Black Market: 20,454th
Top
5%
Highest Disposable Incomes: 135th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 203rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 328th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 344th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 349th in the regionTop
10%
Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 433rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 435th in the regionLargest Black Market: 440th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 460th in the regionMost Avoided: 461st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 464th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 547th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 570th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 636th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 642nd in the regionMost Secular: 655th in the regionMost Developed: 689th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 769th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 839th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Holdac's influence in The East Pacific rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Holdac lodged a message on the The North Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Holdac was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes and Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
  • : Holdac was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Efficient Economies, Highest Average Incomes, and Most Developed.
  • : Holdac was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Holdac was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Black Market.
  • : Holdac was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Holdac was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Holdac was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.
  • : Holdac was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Pizza Delivery Sector.

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