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The Benevolent Autocratic Empire of Stick Huts

“Don't dip your stick” General Spank

Category: Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Balder


Stick Huts

Population7.431 billion

CapitalThe Iron Citadel
LeaderGeneral Spank


The Benevolent Autocratic Empire of Stick Huts is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by General Spank with an even hand, and notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, national health service, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 7.431 billion Stick Hutsians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The medium-sized, corrupt, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Iron Citadel. The average income tax rate is 95.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Stick Hutsian economy, worth a remarkable 1,721 trillion wanks a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 231,601 wanks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters, the subway is dead quiet in early afternoons, one does not simply walk into the tundra, and heavily subsidised Stick Hutsian baskets litter the streets of Balder. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Stick Huts's national animal is the Puffin, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Stick Huts is ranked 202,140th in the world and 7,087th in Balder for Largest Mining Sector, scoring -16.79 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

Highest Poor Incomes: 1,906thMost Secular: 1,911thLowest Crime Rates: 1,980thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 2,297thMost Developed: 2,355thLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,558thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,607thLargest Governments: 2,897thSmartest Citizens: 3,219thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,489thMost Efficient Economies: 3,630thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,783rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,955thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,962ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,971stHighest Average Incomes: 4,208thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,368thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,579thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,814thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,949thBest Weather: 5,231stMost Cultured: 5,337thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,628thHealthiest Citizens: 5,751stMost Corrupt Governments: 5,855thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,109thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,640thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,448thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,203rdHighest Economic Output: 8,904thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,877thLargest Retail Industry: 10,133rdTop
Rudest Citizens: 10,561stSafest: 10,635thMost Influential: 11,379thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12,886thMost Stationary: 13,586thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 15,465th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 27th in the regionMost Secular: 59th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 66th in the regionMost Influential: 68th in the regionTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 78th in the regionMost Developed: 78th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 83rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 92nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 92nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 93rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 110th in the regionMost Stationary: 120th in the regionLargest Governments: 124th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 133rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 137th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 141st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 153rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 166th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 199th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 204th in the regionMost Cultured: 233rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 233rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 238th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 242nd in the regionBest Weather: 257th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 260th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 285th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 301st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 346th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 357th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 357th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 360th in the regionTop
Rudest Citizens: 393rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 465th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 503rd in the regionSafest: 557th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 563rd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 605th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Stick Huts was endorsed by The Kittens of Godly City.
  • : Stick Huts was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Safest.
  • : Following new legislation in Stick Huts, heavily subsidised Stick Hutsian baskets litter the streets of Balder.
  • : Following new legislation in Stick Huts, one does not simply walk into the tundra.
  • : Following new legislation in Stick Huts, the subway is dead quiet in early afternoons.
  • : Following new legislation in Stick Huts, the Smalltopian embassy doubles as an electoral campaign headquarters.
  • : Following new legislation in Stick Huts, businesses that prove successful are immediately broken up.
  • : Stick Huts was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Safest and Most Influential.
  • : Following new legislation in Stick Huts, on-duty Air Stick Huts flight attendants are usually seen napping in first class.
  • : Following new legislation in Stick Huts, naturists are jailed regularly for indecent exposure.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 6 » North East Somerset, Onder Kelkia, Fooooooooo, Liberal2day, Noders, and Godly City.

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