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The Directorate of Kronstein

“Soi, Santé, Richesse”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Eminence Grise

Location: Zarathustra

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The Directorate of Kronstein is a colossal, socially progressive nation, ruled by Edvard Zaharoff with an even hand, and notable for its compulsory military service, flagrant waste-dumping, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 9.985 billion Krons are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Education is also considered important, while Social Policy and Spirituality are ignored. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Kron economy, worth a remarkable 3,200 trillion Syns a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 320,563 Syns, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 1,743,550 per year while the poor average 30,301, a ratio of 57.5 to 1.

Internet service is too costly for normal people to purchase, cars speed down national highways while drivers sleep at the wheel, scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway, and only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations. Crime is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Kronstein's national animal is the Raven, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Kronstein is ranked 2nd in Zarathustra and 482nd in the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring 15 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 5 days ago

  • 4 days ago: Kronstein's influence in Zarathustra rose from "Enforcer" to "Eminence Grise".
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Kronstein, only the rich can afford the latest medical innovations.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Kronstein, scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Kronstein, cars speed down national highways while drivers sleep at the wheel.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Kronstein, internet service is too costly for normal people to purchase.
  • 6 days ago: Kronstein's influence in Zarathustra fell from "Eminence Grise" to "Enforcer".
  • 9 days ago: Kronstein fell out of the regional Top 10% for Fastest-Growing Economies.
  • 10 days ago: Kronstein was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Avoided (last census: Top 5%).
  • 14 days ago: Following new legislation in Kronstein, penurious citizens die from easily remedied ailments because they aren't 'taking enough initiative'.
  • 14 days ago: Following new legislation in Kronstein, airport security is provided by private companies.

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