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GRAND PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF HYPPARCHIA


OFFICIAL NATIONAL FACTBOOK


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* Official name: Grand People's Republic of Hypparchia
* Capital city: Equity (former New Libria)
* Type of Government: Single-party state
* Type of Economy: Planned
* Current leader: Sir Pierce Mosley, Supreme Chancellor of the Tetragrammaton, Supreme Knight of the Defense Forces, Secretary General of the People's Unity Party
* National motto: Progress is an option. Glory is a must.
* National anthem: none
* Currency: Hypparchian phokyd
* National Language: none at national level; de facto English
* National animal: Phoenix
* Population (RP): 1,378 billion
* Military size: 1,310,000 active; 44,700,000 (approx.) reserve
* Example of legislation:
5 days ago: Following new legislation in Hypparchia, a massive campaign is underway to ensure the race of Hypparchia remains pure.
5 days ago: Following new legislation in Hypparchia, most of the military's funding goes into researching space-age weaponry.
7 days ago: Following new legislation in Hypparchia, every product goes through extensive safety-testing by the government.
7 days ago: Following new legislation in Hypparchia, punitive tariffs protect local industry.
7 days ago: Following new legislation in Hypparchia, motorists' locations are constantly tracked by intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
17 days ago: Following new legislation in Hypparchia, CEOs and corporate executives are frequently found striking for better stock options.
23 days ago: Following new legislation in Hypparchia, a government program is underway to revitalize Hypparchia's beaches.
23 days ago: Following new legislation in Hypparchia, gambling addicts regularly lose their families' nest eggs at Native Hypparchiaite casinos.
23 days ago: Following new legislation in Hypparchia, citizens live in superstitious fear of the mysterious glowing clouds that float over Hypparchia.
23 days ago: Following new legislation in Hypparchia, the government has legalised small-scale capitalism.
•5 days ago: Following new legislation in Hypparchia, pharmacies close down as medicinal drugs are sold freely by the government.
•5 days ago: Following new legislation in Hypparchia, loans are available for students from poor families.
•5 days ago: Following new legislation in Hypparchia, drunk drivers are sentenced to death.
•19 days ago: Following new legislation in Hypparchia, an enormous health awareness programme is underway.


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History

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Origins

The idea of a new nation, based on a radical perception of Man as a whole, appeared as early as the 1920s, but did not gain prominence until 1956, when a group of lecturers from the University of Ragsburg and several well-known intellectuals from the Spartanian Federation founded the Hipparchus society of knowledge and progress. Initially a philosophical workshop, the HSKP soon became a radical anti-globalist think-tank, attracting prominent artists, scientists and lecturers from both the Spartanian Federation and abroad. By 1960, the HSKP was renamed to Hypparchian society, and had an increasing influence over cultural life in Spartania. Pleading for the creation of a new nation with a moral code and values, cleared from the prejudices of the Old World, the Hipparchus society now attracted even ordinary workers in its lines.

A turnpoint for the HS's existence was the Whitefield purge in 1963, when a number of the organization's leaders were arrested and imprisoned for "crimes against national values". This sparked a national rebellion, which was short-lived and quickly became a bloodbath, after brutal actions by Spartania's army. Although it failed, the rebellion seriously destabilised Spartania's political system and disorganised all economic activity. Anti-government protests and worker's strikes plagued all of the autonomous republics and regions of the enormous federation, but did not succeed in the installment of a new government. However, domestic instability caused the government to take protective measures and develop a wide range of weaponry, as well as undertaking a program for increasing the army's personnel.

This made tensions with the neighbouring Stamotian People's Republic rise, and in 1967 a border conflict errupted. Two months after that, the Spartanian Federation falled into anarchy as the government of Constantine DuBois was toppled through a military coup. As Stamotian forces advanced into enemy territory, the Spartanian army decided to launch a massive biological strike on all major enemy cities. By this time, a flood of refugees boarded four ships, acquired by the Hypparchian society. By the time this fleet, nicknamed "The Children of Dust", leaved it, Spartania began to suffer the effects of its own weapons. In addition, Stamotia used its single superweapon in retaliation, the PRS-3, to disperse an enormous ash cloud over the Spartanian Federation, causing a severe drop in temperatures and destroying almost all wildlife there. By 1968, the SF effectively ceased to exist, and its population, for most part, left those territories or died of starvation.

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A soldier of the former Spartanian army with protective gear outside a NBC shelter, 1968


The four ships, which comprised the "Children of Dust", headed north-west through the Galilean Ocean immediately after departure. The refugees, mostly Hypparchian society members, initially planned to set up a new colony near the Arctic circle, in the frozen (but resource-rich) Borealand subcontinent. This endeavour failed, as one of the ships sank and all but six of its crewmembers perished. The Hypparchian high command decided to head for the uninhabited polar Avarakian archipelago, and establish a capital on Elwukamag island. In 1969, the city of Equinox was founded, and marked Hypparchia's birth.

Establishment of Hypparchia and socialist rule

In order to secure a stable government, a temporary Military Council was established, headed by lt. Fruzhin Dimitrov. The council decided to pursue a 5-year plan in order to stabilise the new republic. After its completion, the Military Council gave up its power and privileges, and announced the creation of the Hypparchist Republican Party (HRP), a left-leaning organisation which promoted socialist economic policies while remaining aligned with the ideals for a new order. After consolidating its power inside the state, the HRP initiated the second 5-year plan, aimed at creating a road network and other infrastructure on all 11 islands of the archipelago, and then - the third 5-year plan aimed at creating an efficient industry. Communes were established in order to improve control over production and work. The HRP introduced censorship on all media and established a secret police service.

Transformation into an authoritarian state

The Hypparchist Republican Party eventually became the dominant force in all public life in Hypparchia. Many of the original Hipparchist ideals, such as those of individual freedom, "people's control over the economy" and rationalism were abolished in favor of Marxist-Leninist-like policies. Initial military influences played a major role in this transformation. The party itself was formed around a core of officers, former members of the Military Council. Lt. Fruzhin Dimitrov, former head of the Council, remained in power despite giving up his position. He was promoted to Secretary General of the HRP in 1977, and by 1979 had established himself as an authoritarian leader of the state. The Secret police service ("Derzhavinis Sigirno") conducted operations against opponents of the regime, and eventually sentenced them to labor camp service or even death. Under Fruzhin's rule, an estimated 267,000 people were arrested and executed in charge of "crimes against the State".

Meanwhile, Hypparchia's ever-expanding population reached a number, which could not be supported by the archipelago's resources, and its economy became unstable. In order to prevent an economic crisis, in 1981 Dimitrov announced an economic reform package, which included the legalization of private economic activity and the creation of State-regulated private markets. However, the newly-implemented market reforms never produced the intended effect. The isolated Socialist state never managed to make any serious economic agreements with other states, thus, food and power shortages became prevalent. This caused the formation of many opposition and political pressure groups. While Dimitrov managed to eliminate the leaders of many of those groups, by 1985 it was evident that a political and economic catastrophy was imminent.

Civil war and Democratic Republic of Hypparchia

A fundamentalist religious group, the "Warriors of Peace" was founded in 1985, which gathered popular support throughout the poorer communities of the country. In 1986, the "Warriors of Peace" organized an uprise and a coup attempt, which failed after an army intervention. The growing instability caused the formation of two other militia groups - the anarchist "Freedom and Prosperity Movement", and the fascist "National Unity for Glory and Country". Both attempted to topple the government on their own, without success. Finally, the three militia movements united under a "Democratic Front", and caused widespread violence and riots.

The so-called "Democratic Front" finally managed to overthrow the government on 5 November 1987, and proclaimed a "Democratic Republic of Hypparchia" (DRH). The government of Ismael Wali, also leader of "Warriors of Peace", initiated a theocratical rule. Fruzhin Dimitrov, as well as many of his loyal ministers and secret police commanders, were executed. However, Wali's theocratic policies were extremely unpopular among Hypparchians which doomed his government to a rapid downfall.

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Vadim Pavelic (center) and members of his "National Unity for Glory and Country" party on a rally in Equinox, 1992


Only two months after the 5 November events Wali was overthrown and killed by Vadim Pavelic of the NUGC. Pavelic ruled with an iron fist from 1987 to 1993, and managed to build a strong, industry and export-based economy, but severely limited civil and political rights. He is credited with the creation of the Cleric service - superbly trained, almost emotionless policemen, who tracked and eliminated any opposition inside the country.

Pavelic, even though a staunch Fascist, was educated in the Hipparchist principles and announced his goal of reforming Hypparchia into an egalitarian technocratic state by the year 2015. He diverted half the military budget for the purpose of developing science and industry. By incorporating scientific research and development centers into factories, Pavelic aimed at creating what he called "technological maternity wards" (TMW) - small towns, engaged only in industrial production and scientific research. These complexes produced stanning quantities of advanced, high-quality machinery which were to be integrated in Hypparchia's infrastructure. The results were impressive - from 1988 to 1990, electricity consumption increased by 60% due to efficient energy production facilities, while energy efficiency reached 100% by 1991 through the "Ecological and technological homes" program. The struggling State-owned car manufacturing companies were eliminated, and automobile production was diverted to the TMWs. Petrol-based vehicles were banned and replaced with lighter, locally produced electric cars. Fossil-fuel based public transport was also scrapped. Hypparchia's nuclear powerplants powered the now almost completely electricity-based infrastructure, while oil imports were cancelled.

While these, and other, economic policies turned Hypparchia into a developed country, Pavelic's other policies were not at all successful. All newspapers except the official "National Hypparchian Herald" were banned; censorship was severe, and even the slightest disapproval of Pavelic's rule was immediately punished with execution. His portraits appeared in every edifice, hall and classroom. Discontent was especially strong among the military, who lost half their funding in favor of his technocratic policies.

The DRH existed until 1996, when pro-HRP military forces toppled Pavelic's government and regained control over the country, but this lasted briefly. Two years later, this government collapsed, Hypparchia fell into anarchy and effectively ceased to exist. In the following chaos, several factions dominated the political landscape - remains of the Democratic Front, the Cleric Society (made of former Republican police services - the Clerics), the Military and the Communists. Due to their vast knowledge on internal affairs, excellent intelligence branch, perfect training and logistics, the Clerics managed to defeat their opponents. In 1996, they proclaimed a Grand People's Republic of Hypparchia, crushed all civil resistance and installed total control over the economy.

Cleric rule
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Cleric law introduced obligatory uniform attire for all citizens as part of the transition to Hipparchism.


Characterized by extensive control over the country, the Cleric Council initiated a program of mass re-education. According to Pierce Mosley, the leading Cleric ideologist, the main reason for Hypparchia's initial downfall and political instability is the "traditional" mentality of its population. According to Mosley, many Old World perceptions and concepts, such as the belief in money as a universal mean of trade, all types of social division and the emotional and "ideological symptosis" of countries with firm government control, still persist in the mindset of Hypparchia's citizens. A radical reform in the educational system was carried out, in parallel with a massive propaganda campaign promoting "spiritual self-sufficiency", "complete self-control" and "ideological firmness". This movement, at least in part, succeeded in stabilizing Hypparchia's volatile society.

Disbandment of the Cleric government

After declaring the success of transition to Hipparchism, the Cleric Council disbanded itself. The Cleric Corps continues its existence, but the governing body was replaced by a Supreme People's Assembly with 387 members, supervized by a Grand chairman. Much of the old administrative system was preserved, but various social reforms have been planned to be carried out by 2025.

The Supreme People's Assembly announced the scrapping of all private trading activity, declaring it a "remnant of an unfunctioning capitalist system", and replaced all markets with state-operated "supply centers". Private production facilities have not been abolished, and will continue to receive small-scale state subsidies and logistical aid. Meanwhile, a geographic expedition southwards discovered an enormous, resource-rich continent, which would provide a significant resource base for Hypparchia's development and expansion. Its northernmost parts were colonized, and currently extensive construction and development work are being performed there.

A change in national symbols has also been carried out. The Grammaton Cross flag has been a replaced with a new one. It contains three horizontal bands of black (top), black (triple width), and again black; the center band is edged in white; on the hoist side of it is a white disk with a red five-pointed star - symbol of inspiration and martial spirit; the broad band symbolizes Hipparchist traditions and faith; the narrow white bands stands for purity, strength, and dignity, while the narrow black bands stand for stability of the system and the state. The Grammaton Cross continues to be in use, although not official; the coat of arms has not been changed. The national anthem was changed from the silent, technocratic tune of "Hidden Souls" to "Rule of Justice", a more imposing and powerful tune.
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Economy

Postby Hypparchia » Sat May 29, 2010 1:32 pm

In only five decades, Hypparchia's economy transformed from a highly productive agricultural to an advanced, high-tech, automated and state-owned planned economy.

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NSE, New Libria


The government has a significant role in the development of both industry and agriculture, which are heavily subsidized. Most means of production and enterprises are state owned, although a small, market-operating sector exists in the food and commodity distrubution segment. Three institutions provide control over the public sector of the economy:

* The People's Planning Board (PPB);
* The Digital Economic Activity Observation and Research Institute (DEAvOR);
* The Supreme Planning Council (SPC)

The New Stock Exchange (NSE, pictured) and the People's Bank of Hypparchia observe supply and demand and provide a hard currency income. The NSE also provides research on market trends and stimulates the small, but rapidly developing, private market sector.

With an extensive social welfare program, Hypparchia maintains a very high standard of living despite its relatively weak statistics. Nominal GDP per capita was estimated at $ 15,400, and GDP (PPP) per capita - at $ 17,100. National nominal GDP for the same year was $ 2,45 trillion and in PPP value - $ 4,449 trillion. The State Department of Social Engineering is responsible for most welfare programs, such as prefabricated housing construction (in conjunction with the People's Engineering and Construction Corps), education subsidies, sports and entertainment programs, tourist expeditions and healthcare services. Prefabricated buildings (Fig. 1 & 2) of various types house a significant portion of the population. Infrastructure is extremely optimized, and is based entirely on electricity. Cities use high-speed trains for transport, some of them (Fig. 3) powered by nuclear power packs to reduce strain on the electrical grid. Fossil fuels have been abandoned a long time ago.

Hypparchia is an isolated and autarkic, and conducts almost no trade with other nations. Its distant geographic location prompted the government to seek an autarkic economic system from the very beggining of the state's existence. The vast, resource-rich island of Elwukamag proved to be capable of providing the nessecary raw materials for such an economy. Yet, with the growth of Hypparchia's population the demand of goods became higher, and eventually some of the natural resources, such as anthracite and copper, became scarce. An expanding population, a territory not large enough to accommodate it, war-damaged infrastructure in certain regions and mismanagement of the national budget are the cause of Hypparchia's current economic stagnation. However, the government is seeking to expand the private sector, while retaining firm control over key industries such as arms production, nuclear energy, metallurgy, electronics, vehicle manufacturing, transport and mining. The discovery of a vast continent south of the initial island archipelago of Hypparchia has brought many opportunities to the growing planned economy of Hypparchia.

Dysprotia is an autonomous state and a special economic zone, where free trade is allowed, and serves as a major hard currency source for Hypparchia. Dysprotia is a small client state, engaged primarily in offshore banking, light industrial production, commercial and tourist activities. The Community of Polyus is a special free trade zone under the direct control of Hypparchia's Ministry of the People's Economy.

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Fig. 1



STATISTICS (HYPPARCHIA ONLY)

GDP (purchasing power parity):
* $ 6,211 trillion (2010 est.)

GDP (official exchange rate):
* $ 5,17 trillion (2010 est.)

GDP - real growth rate:
* 5 % (2010 est.)

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Fig. 2


GDP - per capita (PPP):
* $ 17,100 (2010 est.)

GDP - per capita (Nominal):
* $ 15,400 (2009 est.)

GDP - composition by sector:
* agriculture: 6.5%
* industry: 42.8%
* services: 50.7%

Labor force:
* 762 million (2010 est.)

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Fig. 3


Labor force - by occupation:
* agriculture: 5.2%
* industry: 33.1%
* services: 61.7% (2007 est.)

Unemployment rate:
* 0.7% (2010 est.)
* note - some estimates put the unemployment rate as high as 9%

Population below poverty line:
* less than 0.1% (2009 est.)

Budget:
* revenues: $ 3,44 trillion
* expenditures: $ 3,40 trillion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices):
* 1.8% (2010 est.)

Stock of domestic credit:
* $ 879 billion (2008 est.)

Agriculture - products:
grain, maize, potatoes, vegetables, fruits, sugar beets, flax; beef, milk

Industries:
electricity, machine tools, tractors, trucks, railway equipment, synthetic fibers, chemicals, nuclear fuel, weapons, construction materials, electronics, coal, spacecraft

Current account balance:
* $ 332 billion (2009 est.)

Electricity production:
* 1.09 trillion kWh (2009 est.)

Electricity consumption:
* 1.07 trillion kWh (2009 est.)

Electricity production - sources:
* Nuclear - 48%
* Renewable - 31%
** Geothermal - 15%
** Wind - 9%
** Solar - 7%
* Coal - 17%
* Natural gas - 4%

Budget spending by sector:
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NOTE: Commerce and Religion sectors do not receive government funding, thus, they are not included in the chart.
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Military

Postby Hypparchia » Sat May 29, 2010 1:33 pm

The People's Defense Force of Hypparchia is an all-volunteer body with 1,310,000 active personnel. All male citizens between 17 and 28 years of age are allowed to start their service in the military under a contract. All citizens of Hypparchia between 17 and 38 years of age are eligible for mobilization in case of a war. The military is divided in four main branches:

* Ground Forces (1,020,000 men);
* Air and Air Defense Forces (130,000 men);
* Maritime Defense Forces (60,000 men);
* Strategic Missile Forces (100,000 men);

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Fig. 1


Hypparchia has its own military industry, which has been damaged by the civil war and is still recovering. The Grand People's Republic of Hypparchia operates a stockpile of 350 nuclear warheads. Of them, 288 are on our three nuclear missile submarines (16 missiles with 6 warheads on each submarine), 36 are on our Perun Mobile ICBM launchers (12 launchers with 3 warheads each) and the remaining are in our single-warhead, silo-based Perun missiles.

The military operates a massive amount of equipment, including:

* 6,300 main battle tanks;

* 7,280 armored fighting vehicles;

* 4,998 units of artillery;

* 2,680 surface-to-air missile systems;

* 18,640 MANPADS and anti-aircraft artillery units;

* 2,305 fixed-wing combat aircraft;

* 185 rotary-wing combat aircraft;

* 269 combat vessels

Complete list:

Ground Forces:

Tanks, main battle (5,650 total)


3,000 Temnik Battle Tank 1,100 Porcupine MBT1,200 Spartacus Main Battle Tanks


Armored personnel carriers (5,800 total)




4,300 BTM-10500 BTM-20400 BTM-5400 HIA AT-90200 HIA AT-80A


Infantry fighting vehicles (1,400 total)


1,000BBM-1 combat vehicles 200 HIA Anaconda200 HIA LAV-25 MGS "Jeban"


Armor, other (80 total)

40 HIA LAV-AT "Muhk Naylr" tank destroyers40 HIA ATD-01 Dra Lahdyin Class tank destroyers


Artillery, missile (205 total)

60 Hermes tactical mobile missile carriers145 Orel missile systems (500 missiles in total)


Artillery, self-propelled (1,945 total)



1,120 Castor SP artillery units 200 Archer-LORAS artillery units225 Yumruk artillery units100 Bandkanon-1 artillery units300 2S1 artillery units


Artillery, rocket (975 total)
650 Whirlwind MLRS rocket artillery units325 BM-21 Lamya rocket artillery units


Artillery, towed (2,000 total)
1,600 Dragon-T 82 mm mobile mortar systems400 M101 artillery guns



- 15 HIA HK-01 "Darkstar" UAVs;
- 5 HIA ASUAS-01 "Vigilante" UAVs;
- 1,500 Selene-2 ATGM systems;
- 11,400 Grammaton Industries GI-12 infantry 4x4 trucks


Air and Air Defense Forces:

SAM systems - fixed (1,750 total)
1,100 SA-2 Dragon SAM systems650 SA-5 Needle SAM systems


SAM systems - mobile (930 total)


550 SA-6 Hannibal SAM systems180 SA-10 Zmey SAM systems100 SA-13 Vurba SAM systems100 SA-17 Kodiak SAM systems


SAM systems - man-portable (10,300 total)

3,000 Piron SA-16 MANPADS1,400 Arbalet-2 MANPADS5,900 Arbalet-1 MANPADS


AA Artillery units - mobile (2,200 total)


1,400 SA-19 AAA / Short-range SAM systems500 ZSU-23-4 AAA systems200 Breza AAA systems


AA Artillery units - fixed (6,140 total)




2,700 14.5 mm ZPU-4 AAA systems2,290 37 mm 61-K AAA guns1,050 57 mm S-60 AAA guns800 100 mm KS-19 AAA guns300 130 mm KS-30 AAA guns



Fighter aircraft - multirole (2,150 total)


450 MiG-23MLD31 MiG-33 1,650 MiG-29S19 Su-27


Fighter aircraft - interceptor and recce (117 total)
114 Urumov Ur-20 0 Ur-40 (30 on order)3 MiG-25RB/RBN


Bombers - strategic (45 total)

25 Tu-160 bombers20 Su-24 bombers0 Bor-90 bombers (20 on order)


Bombers - tactical
60 Su-25 attack aircraft




160 Mi-28HE attack helicopters25 Ka-52 attack helicopters50 Ka-60 armed transport helicopters






18 Il-76 transport aircraft6 An-50K AWACS aircraft (pictured, figure 1)92 Mi-8 transport helicopters12 Mi-26 transport helicopters20 An-225 transport aircraft


Navy:

* 8 Kirov-class missile carriers
* 5 De Gaulle-class nuclear aircraft carriers
* 11 Sovremenny-class destroyers
* 14 Udaloy II-class destroyers
* 7 Type 45 guided missile destroyers
* 30 Albion-class amphibious transports


* 23 Gepard-class frigates
* 28 Visby-class corvettes
* 117 Lamya local production gunboats
* 5 Balzam-class intelligence vessels


* 3 Triomphant-class nuclear submarines (being introduced)
* 8 Typhoon-class nuclear submarines
* 12 Golf-class diesel-electric missile submarines (being phased out)
* 5 Akula-class nuclear attack submarines
* 31 Lada-class attack submarines
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Government and Politics

Postby Hypparchia » Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:59 pm

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The Supreme Council


Hypparchia is a single-party republic with its Supreme Council serving both as a legislative and an executive body. The judiciary branch is overseen by the Court of Clerics.

The Supreme Council has 16 regular members and two high members. The latter serve life-long mandates, while the former serve 5-year mandates. The regular high members form political groups, known as "zvena". Nationwide elections occur every 5 years, and the people can choose between 5 different "zvena" - defence, social services, science, environment or culture-oriented, which will emphasize development of their respective areas during their mandate.

The two high members oversee the activities of the "zvena" and advise the regular members on how to deal with more complicated issues. The Supreme Chancellor has the authority to cancel or intervene in acts by the Council members, although this is done rarely.

The Supreme Chancellor commands the armed forces (in this role also known as "Supreme Knight of the Defense Forces"), the Cleric service, the secret police services and can personally pronounce verdicts against convicted citizens.

The only legal political party is the People's Unity Party, which dominates the Hypparchian society.
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Society

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Fig. 1

Many foreign observers argue that Hypparchia is a totalitarian state due to the pervasive government control over employment practices, limited civil freedoms and media censorship. According to its constitutiom, Hypparchia is a "single-party, non-federative, mutli-national republic". Political subjects and indoctrination sessions are available and used as a tool to maintain the popular support for the country's single-party rule, although they're not obligatory. The Ministry of Propaganda oversees the usage of media techniques and excercises censorship against state media. Several private radio stations exist, which often criticize the government without being prosecuted. "Spreading Old World influence" is a severe crime in Hypparchia, and prosecutors are subject to execution. This crime, according to the constitution, includes drug abuse, prostitution, "public obscenity", guerilla activity, protesting, vandalism and "media populism", among others.

In contrast with the above-mentioned practices, special laws guarantee "One's absolute rule to have a private life, independent of Party control". Private property is highly respected, and Hypparchia's citizens are provided with freedom of movement and artistic expression.

Ideology

The country's ideology, Hipparchism, promotes the separation of the individual from the masses (and the abolishment of the masses and society as a whole), seeking to construct a community of individuals, independant from political entities, religious organizations or ethnic groups. Hipparchism was initially criticized by all foreign observers, many of whom arguing that it would lead to the collapse of the so-called "collective initiative" - according to critics, the very essence of a state - but it resulted in quite the opposite. The strong, nearly totalitarian state is actually a plaything in the hands of those who are capable, provides the means for a good life to those who want it, yet it forbids just any individual from excercising his power over the others.

However, even in the time of its formation Hipparchism has been a vague ideology, with its statements varying from extreme individualist to extreme collectivist depending on the philosophical school that applies it. The anti-collectivist principles have been softened in recent years, with the government seeking to support freely constituted collectives in every field of human development. A good example would be the light industry sector, which has suffered a chronic mismanagement due to the lack of team spirit in production. By encouraging collective practices, the government has managed to increase efficiency in the light industry. Some of the more radical points of the ideology have been revoked and/or abandoned from official use.

Social services

By law every Hypparchian receives medical services, education, and food rations for free. Hypparchia's healthcare service is entirely state-funded and free for all citizens. Housing is offered on token prices, usually 15,000 phokyds for a 85 sq m prefabricated apartment, and 27,000 phokyds for a prefabricated house. The Passport (Fig. 1) is a private electronic document containing all individual data, housing documentation, healthcare dossier and education grades of a citizen; it is essentially a universal document for presenting in all social administrative services.

Food rations are provided to every citizen as a measure against possible malnourishment. A standard daily ration consists of 850 grams of food, including 200 grams of rice, 350 grams of meat, 150 grams of vegetables, 100 grams of cheese or other dairy products and 50 grams of sweets. Such a ration is provided twice a day, and citizens are free to acquire extra food in exchange for currency in private food stores. Due to the increasing productivity of agriculture (which is mostly in the private sector), the government plans to abolish food rations by 2020.

Education is compulsory up to the age of 16; enrollment usually occurs at the age of 6. Primary education is divided in 8 levels, secondary consists of 4. Higher education can include a 3-year bachelor program, a 2-year masters program, and a PhD program with a length depending on the chosen subject. Academic education encompasses military, medical or cleric (ideological) academies, and can be attained either after obtaining a bachelor degree, or simultaneously with a masters course.

Religion
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Fig. 2

Hypparchia is officially an atheist state. Religions and cults of all sorts are banned, although there is a right of "personal faith", or practicing religious beliefs individually.

A new state-backed cult called "Sublimism" is growing in importance. Sublimism is closely related to Hipparchism and its main tenets are the strive for perfection, self-improvement and "emotional evolution" as they appear in nature's natural cycles. Some of the core sublimist principles include accepting mistakes the same way as successes, a search for natural processes in both society and individual, and accenting the value of human life as a supreme value of the sublimist worldview. Sublimism has also developed as an artistic concept, and one of its most impressive works is "The Wanderer above the Sea of Clouds" by Hermann von Gedicke. (Fig.2)

Media

Hypparchia's printed media consists of seven daily newspapers, sixteen monthly magazines and two monthly journals. Electronic media include five TV stations and eighteen radio channels. These are tightly controlled by the State Committee for Information Networks.

However, a number of private radio and TV stations operate freely. Foreign broadcasts are frequently jammed, but available in a 5-hour window at the end of every month.

Human rights

Hypparchia has a ban on gay marriages and manifestations.

Drug usage is banned for any purposes, while drug consumers and dealers are subject to execution. Alcohol usage is legal, and is subject to strict laws, although their somewhat weak enforcement has been criticised by a number of state agencies.

Animal cruelty is considered an extreme and aggressive form of mental sickness, and is also punished with either torture or execution. Slaughtering animals for food is forbidden. Meat is produced through an innovative cloning technology, where tissues are artificially grown in production plants and reprocessed for the market.

Immigration is strictly regulated and sometimes discouraged.

Public security
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Grammaton Cleric training


Hypparchia's main law enforcement body is the Grammaton Cleric Corps (GCC), whose higher members virtually occupy all government positions. The Grammaton Cleric is the basic law enforcement unit. The GCC is considered one of the most effective police forces in the world due to the excellent equipment and logistics, and the right of personal investigation for every member above trainee rank.

The GCC is supplemented by the Civil Intelligence Service (CIS), which conducts observation over every citizen suspected of illegal activities.

The number of Grammaton Cleric Corps members on active service is estimated at no less than 4,200,000 personnel.

Sports
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A high-speed racing bike for the "Empyrean Dawn" rally


Sports are actively promoted by the State in order to keep Hypparchia's citizens in a perfect physical and mental condition.

The most popular sport among people is football, along with volleyball and ice hockey. The national football league has a Premier league, where the best teams nationwide face each other, A, B and C groups. The most successful football club is Spartacus (Phokydaea), having won the Premier league cup for a total of 19 times.

With the advancement in technology, certain sports have become possible to be practiced, such as pod racing and high speed bike racing, where competitors can develop speeds in excess of 500 km/h.

Capital

Hypparchia's capital city is Equity, with a population of 6,789,000 people in the city proper.

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