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The Mother's Kingdom of The Hope Hills

“Without war, we wouldn't stand” Queen Luminara

Category: Psychotic Dictatorship
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Economy:
Basket Case
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Unproven

Location: the Rejected Realms

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The Hope Hills

Population4.038 billion

CapitalLuminara's Temple
LeaderQueen Luminara

Currencypebble
Animalladybug

The Mother's Kingdom of The Hope Hills is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Queen Luminara with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, state-planned economy, and restrictive gun laws. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 4.038 billion Fairies are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, socially-minded, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Spirituality. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Luminara's Temple. The average income tax rate is 70.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but stagnant Luminaran economy, worth 54.0 trillion pebbles a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Trout Farming, Uranium Mining, and Information Technology. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 13,371 pebbles, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Funding for education has been redirected into the military, Amnesty Interregional has condemned The Hope Hills for ignoring crimes against humanity, legitimate job descriptions now include "smiling and waving", and pausing for applause during a speech is seen as a form of censorship. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Hope Hills's national animal is the ladybug, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

The Hope Hills is ranked 81,758th in the world and 2,865th in the Rejected Realms for Largest Black Market, with 834 billion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Authoritarian: 2,722ndMost Income Equality: 4,205thMost Conservative: 10,133rdMost Ignorant Citizens: 11,291stTop
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Most Extreme: 16,177thMost Devout: 17,860th
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Most Authoritarian: 78th in the regionMost Income Equality: 92nd in the regionMost Extreme: 202nd in the regionMost Conservative: 271st in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 663rd in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 674th in the region

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