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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,165thMost Avoided: 11,674thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13,184th
The Armed Republic of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Squire
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Civil Rights
Very Good
Economy
Reasonable
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69th Tank Division

Population2.939 billion

CurrencyHESH
AnimalTanks

The Armed Republic of 69th Tank Division is a massive, socially progressive nation, renowned for its feral children, state-planned economy, and triple-decker prams. The hard-nosed population of 2.939 billion 69th Tank Divisionians 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 relatively small government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Welfare, and Industry. The average income tax rate is 17.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient 69th Tank Divisionian economy, worth 101 trillion HESHES 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 Uranium Mining, Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Soda Sales. 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 34,612 HESHES, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

A large concrete wall is being built around the country's borders, newspapers may not print any negative stories about the government, politicians who vacation in East Lebatuck lose their jobs upon their return, and more and more students are taking up a career in medicine. Crime, especially youth-related, is a serious problem, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. 69th Tank Division's national animal is the Tanks, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

69th Tank Division is ranked 84,488th in the world and 105th in Resuscitation for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 1,951.16 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 11,165thMost Avoided: 11,674thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 13,184thMost Rebellious Youth: 16,546th
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Most Avoided: 3rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 4th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 12th in the regionTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 15th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 19th in the regionMost Pacifist: 20th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 22nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 24th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : 69th Tank Division was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Workforce Participation Rate and Most Avoided.
  • : Following new legislation in 69th Tank Division, more and more students are taking up a career in medicine.
  • : Following new legislation in 69th Tank Division, politicians who vacation in East Lebatuck lose their jobs upon their return.
  • : Following new legislation in 69th Tank Division, newspapers may not print any negative stories about the government.
  • : Following new legislation in 69th Tank Division, a large concrete wall is being built around the country's borders.
  • : Following new legislation in 69th Tank Division, only AIs know why the nation is rapidly increasing its semiconductor stockpile.
  • : Following new legislation in 69th Tank Division, a ban on unsolicited cold calling in all forms is in effect.
  • : Following new legislation in 69th Tank Division, it is popularly believed that "cheese every day keeps disaster away".
  • : Following new legislation in 69th Tank Division, glancing at the car radio display while driving is treated as attempted homicide.
  • : Following new legislation in 69th Tank Division, on graduation day the hats thrown in the air fly high enough to stun passing pigeons.

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