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The United Kingdom of Hornetopia

“Who Dares Battle the Saracen ?”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Some

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: The East Pacific

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Hornetopia

Population1.912 billion

CapitalRock City
LeaderThe Lord of the Realm

CurrencyGroat
AnimalDog of War

The United Kingdom of Hornetopia is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by The Lord of the Realm with an even hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The compassionate population of 1.912 billion Saxons are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Administration, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rock City. The average income tax rate is 66.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Hornetopian economy, worth 137 trillion Groats a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Cheese Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 72,083 Groats, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Cheese has become the new icon of political dissent, treaties are taken to be mere rules of thumb, cults that offer eternal life after death to those who follow a self-sacrificing saviour are frowned upon, and advertisements read like science journal articles complete with extensive references. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hornetopia's national animal is the Dog of War, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Hornetopia is ranked 146,452nd in the world and 6,018th in The East Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -1.41 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Best Weather: 10,375thTop
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Most Influential: 12,014thSafest: 13,121stMost Pacifist: 14,024thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,195thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,196thMost Advanced Public Education: 17,606thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,538thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,417th
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Best Weather: 307th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 424th in the regionTop
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Most Beautiful Environments: 438th in the regionSafest: 443rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 515th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 525th in the regionMost Pacifist: 527th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 542nd in the regionMost Influential: 626th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 702nd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 719th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 750th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 753rd in the regionMost Developed: 761st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 864th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Hornetopia, advertisements read like science journal articles complete with extensive references.
  • : Following new legislation in Hornetopia, cults that offer eternal life after death to those who follow a self-sacrificing saviour are frowned upon.
  • : Following new legislation in Hornetopia, treaties are taken to be mere rules of thumb.
  • : Following new legislation in Hornetopia, cheese has become the new icon of political dissent.
  • : Following new legislation in Hornetopia, people often get liposuction to reduce their air fares.
  • : Following new legislation in Hornetopia, doctors accused of having no heart reply that cardiology isn't their speciality.
  • : Following new legislation in Hornetopia, small patches of desolate land across the world are part of Hornetopian sovereign territory.
  • : Following new legislation in Hornetopia, 100-year-old politicians are now a thing of the past.
  • : Following new legislation in Hornetopia, there's a literal nanny state for the legions of children taken by social services.
  • : Hornetopia's influence in The East Pacific fell from "Shoeshiner" to "Sprat".

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