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The Benevolent Autocratic Empire of Stick Huts

“Don't dip your stick” General Spank

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Balder

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Stick Huts

Population8.838 billion

CapitalThe Iron Citadel
LeaderGeneral Spank

Currencywank
AnimalPuffin

The Benevolent Autocratic Empire of Stick Huts is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by General Spank with an even hand, and notable for its frequent executions, pith helmet sales, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 8.838 billion Stick Hutsians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized, corrupt 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 95.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Stick Hutsian economy, worth a remarkable 2,003 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 226,712 wanks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.7 times as much as the poorest.

Pareidolic SETI scientists swear there's a message from aliens hidden within pi, citizens select which government department gets their income tax wanks each year, the government has little issue with allowing its citizens to languish in foreign jails, and fixing attendance at women's matches is a matter of "when they go low, we go high... funding". 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 116,922nd in the world and 3,698th in Balder for Most Politically Free, scoring 58.1 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

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Most Secular: 1,824thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,251stLowest Crime Rates: 2,303rdTop
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Most Developed: 2,468thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,720thLargest Governments: 3,079thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,150thSmartest Citizens: 3,278thMost Efficient Economies: 3,442ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,463rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,829thHighest Average Tax Rates: 4,066thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,328thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,365thHighest Average Incomes: 4,614thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,715thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,905thRudest Citizens: 4,976thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,079thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,171stBest Weather: 5,370thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,598thMost Cultured: 5,635thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,703rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 5,887thHealthiest Citizens: 6,399thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,037thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 7,600thHighest Economic Output: 8,182ndSafest: 8,248thMost Subsidized Industry: 8,506thLargest Publishing Industry: 9,303rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,597thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11,608thMost Influential: 11,616thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,731stTop
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Most Stationary: 12,510thLargest Retail Industry: 13,567th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 36th in the regionMost Secular: 52nd in the regionMost Influential: 62nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 70th in the regionMost Developed: 73rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 79th in the regionTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 88th in the regionMost Stationary: 98th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 99th in the regionLargest Governments: 102nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 107th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 113th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 124th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 131st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 152nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 182nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 187th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 189th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 190th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 225th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 233rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 237th in the regionBest Weather: 242nd in the regionMost Cultured: 247th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 255th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 258th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 270th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 314th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 315th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 333rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 359th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 396th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 403rd in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 423rd in the regionSafest: 444th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 458th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 513th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 634th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Stick Huts was endorsed by The Dominion of Vessura.
  • : Stick Huts voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Liberate The Embassy".
  • : Stick Huts voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Whistleblower Protection Act".
  • : Following new legislation in Stick Huts, fixing attendance at women's matches is a matter of "when they go low, we go high... funding".
  • : Following new legislation in Stick Huts, the government has little issue with allowing its citizens to languish in foreign jails.
  • : Following new legislation in Stick Huts, citizens select which government department gets their income tax wanks each year.
  • : Following new legislation in Stick Huts, pareidolic SETI scientists swear there's a message from aliens hidden within pi.
  • : Stick Huts was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Wealthy Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Stick Huts, the nation is relieved that all of the recent madness has finally come to an end.
  • : Following new legislation in Stick Huts, the meaning of life was recently discovered in the patch notes for Version 1.42.

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