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The Dogtatorship of Hoochlandia

“There is too much SPANK business agwon”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Forest



Population4.053 billion



The Dogtatorship of Hoochlandia is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its teetotalling pirates, frequent executions, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.053 billion Hoochlandians 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 enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Environment, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Barkampton. The average income tax rate is 89.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Hoochlandian economy, worth 586 trillion dogfoods a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is dominated by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Cheese Exports, Furniture Restoration, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 144,656 dogfoods, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Guns don't kill people — heroes do, fireworks and other big bangs are forbidden during the newest public holiday, the government recently donated a surfboard to an impoverished family in a landlocked region, and brain injury is seen as a desirable outcome rather than a side effect of contact sports. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low. Hoochlandia's national animal is the dog, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Hauhauism.

Hoochlandia is ranked 171,662nd in the world and 214th in Forest for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides, with 2.06 Rich To Poor Income Ratio.

Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 139thMost Ignorant Citizens: 177thMost Devout: 209thMost Primitive: 414thMost Subsidized Industry: 548thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1,309thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,684thBest Weather: 1,918thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,934thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,167thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 3,163rdLargest Black Market: 3,204thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,057thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,729thMost Influential: 5,516thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,900thMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,641stMost Efficient Economies: 11,130thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 11,479thTop
Highest Poor Incomes: 12,077thHighest Average Incomes: 15,476thLargest Governments: 17,928thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 18,671stMost Authoritarian: 23,456th
Most Devout: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 6th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 9th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Black Market: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 15th in the regionMost Primitive: 15th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 19th in the regionTop
Most Authoritarian: 34th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 41st in the region

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