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Largest Information Technology Sector: 70thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 106thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 110th
The Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Free men are not equal, equal men are not free
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population13.466 billion

LeaderMordecai Vergoossen

AnimalAustral Penguin

The Republic of Abslandia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Mordecai Vergoossen with an iron fist, and remarkable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, sprawling nuclear power plants, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 13.466 billion Abslandians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Industry and Education also on the agenda, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ravenholm. The average income tax rate is 88.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Abslandian economy, worth a remarkable 8,705 trillion Lire 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Retail. 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 a breathtaking 646,448 Lire, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

Truncheon-mounted cameras record the beating of criminals in dynamic HD detail, the government is denying reports that criminals injected with experimental drugs have turned into monstrous supervillains, the new national anthem passes the Turing Test, and Renaissance frescos are being chiselled off public walls. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Abslandia's national animal is the Austral Penguin, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Abslandia is ranked 254,955th in the world and 204th in The Western Isles for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -30 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

Largest Information Technology Sector: 70thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 106thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 110thMost Scientifically Advanced: 120thHighest Average Incomes: 128thLargest Black Market: 194thHighest Poor Incomes: 206thMost Subsidized Industry: 245thLargest Mining Sector: 255thMost Efficient Economies: 267thMost Secular: 304thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 334thMost Avoided: 393rdFattest Citizens: 435thMost Corrupt Governments: 442ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 473rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 476thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 568thMost Armed: 571stMost Patriotic: 668thLargest Retail Industry: 791stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 838thHighest Economic Output: 851stLargest Insurance Industry: 905thSmartest Citizens: 1,119thLargest Governments: 1,397thRudest Citizens: 1,596thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,820thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,973rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,012thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 2,402ndTop
Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,839thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,169thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,196thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,138thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,155thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,595thMost Influential: 9,977thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,595thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11,231stLowest Crime Rates: 12,573rdTop
Largest Gambling Industry: 15,684thMost Conservative: 17,535thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 21,047thLargest Populations: 23,339th
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Patriotic: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8th in the regionRudest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 10th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 11th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 15th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 18th in the regionMost Conservative: 20th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Abslandia was endorsed by The Principality of Yursea.
  • : Abslandia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Haku".
  • : Abslandia voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Protecting Free, Open Source Software Use".
  • : Abslandia voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Haku".
  • : Abslandia voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Condemn Lily".
  • : Abslandia lost the endorsement of The Dominion of Nhoor.
  • : Abslandia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Commend The Noble Thatcherites".
  • : Abslandia voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Against Inflationary Practices".
  • : Abslandia voted against the World Assembly Resolution "Commend Andusre".
  • : Abslandia voted for the World Assembly Resolution "Repeal "WA Counterterrorism Act"".


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 9 » Lesva, Chasia, Solaryia, Laeden, Aeteros, Dormill and Stiura, Veleste, Hosavan, and Yursea.