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The Rogue Nation of The Horror Channel

“Touch Me In The Morning And Then Just Walk Away.”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the Rejected Realms


The Horror Channel

Population26.938 billion

LeaderRingo Juna
Faithno such thing

AnimalFree-range Zombie

The Rogue Nation of The Horror Channel is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Ringo Juna with an even hand, and renowned for its public floggings, keen interest in outer space, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 26.938 billion Horror Channelians are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ringovania. The average income tax rate is 93.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Horror Channelian economy, worth a remarkable 4,209 trillion Brains a year, is highly specialized and led by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Gambling, and Arms Manufacturing. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 156,262 Brains, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Vaccinations are mandatory, the nation's only university is the School of Hard Knocks, ships are encouraged to deliberately run aground onto Horror Channelian beaches, and school children asked "what is two times two?" are likely to form a symposium to discuss how different answers make them feel. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Horror Channel's national animal is the Free-range Zombie, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is no such thing.

The Horror Channel is ranked 18,187th in the world and 378th in the Rejected Realms for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 259.05 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 59thMost Efficient Economies: 291stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 578thMost Secular: 579thLargest Black Market: 1,107thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1,189thMost Advanced Public Education: 1,358thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,500thTop
Smartest Citizens: 1,927thHighest Economic Output: 2,006thHealthiest Citizens: 2,064thMost Developed: 2,180thLargest Populations: 2,538thLargest Gambling Industry: 2,760thLowest Crime Rates: 2,816thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,201stRudest Citizens: 3,249thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,271stMost Influential: 3,803rdHighest Poor Incomes: 4,919thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,389thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,705thMost Beautiful Environments: 5,768thSafest: 6,586thLargest Governments: 6,949thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,600thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,658thTop
Most Stationary: 8,953rdHighest Average Incomes: 11,294thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,613thNudest: 16,109th
Largest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17th in the regionMost Secular: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 34th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 35th in the regionLargest Black Market: 35th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 36th in the regionMost Influential: 42nd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 48th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 49th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 49th in the regionTop
Largest Populations: 51st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 54th in the regionMost Developed: 55th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 62nd in the regionRudest Citizens: 75th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 77th in the regionMost Stationary: 79th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 125th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 134th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 139th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 143rd in the regionSafest: 145th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 149th in the regionLargest Governments: 169th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 185th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 198th in the regionTop
Highest Average Incomes: 262nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 308th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 378th in the regionNudest: 408th in the regionMost Income Equality: 427th in the regionMost Cultured: 428th in the region

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