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The Republic of Irish Harps

“Live Free or Die!”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Thriving
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Irish Harps

Population17.475 billion

CurrencyFree Pound
AnimalVictory Eagle

The Republic of Irish Harps is a gargantuan, efficient nation, renowned for its compulsory military service, complete lack of public education, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 17.475 billion Irish Harpsians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is effectively ruled by the Department of Law & Order, with Industry also on the agenda, while Welfare and Spirituality are ignored. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 15.2%.

The thriving Irish Harpsian economy, worth 443 trillion Free Pounds a year, is highly specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Basket Weaving, Cheese Exports, and Information Technology. Average income is 25,403 Free Pounds, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 73,572 per year while the poor average 6,951, a ratio of 10.6 to 1.

Political activists are routinely executed, citizens are enjoying a recent large cut in taxes, organ donation is compulsory, and the police force is on a recruitment drive. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Irish Harps's national animal is the Victory Eagle, which can occasionally be seen dodging aircraft in the nation's cities.

Irish Harps is ranked 67,243rd in the world and 2,354th in the Rejected Realms for Most Primitive, scoring 30 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

Top
5%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 6,282ndMost Stationary: 11,172ndMost Conservative: 11,268thLargest Populations: 11,325thTop
10%
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 21,644thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22,443rdMost Extreme: 23,573rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 24,060th
Top
5%
Most Stationary: 106th in the regionLargest Populations: 213th in the regionMost Conservative: 338th in the regionMost Extreme: 362nd in the regionTop
10%
Most Ignorant Citizens: 428th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 576th in the regionMost Influential: 712th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Irish Harps was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Conservative and the Top 10% for Most Extreme.
  • : Irish Harps was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extreme.
  • : Irish Harps was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Conservative and the Top 10% for Most Extreme.
  • : Irish Harps was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
  • : Irish Harps was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Irish Harps was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Irish Harps was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Populations.
  • : Irish Harps was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Dead and the Top 10% for Most Zombified.
  • : Irish Harps was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Survivors.
  • : Irish Harps was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Extreme.

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