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Amsterdam VIII

Population461 million



The Commonwealth of Amsterdam VIII is a huge, safe nation, remarkable for its ban on automobiles, sprawling nuclear power plants, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate population of 461 million New Amsterdamers enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Constantinople. The average income tax rate is 37.5%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The Amsterdam VIIIian economy, worth 19.7 trillion francs a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Beef-Based Agriculture industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Book Publishing, and Tourism. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 42,719 francs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Major cities shut down as their local sports team takes to the field every day, annulments are on the rise as couples discover their ancestors were born in the same hospitals, grinding bureaucracy has the international wheels of justice turning slowly, and children spend all morning taking out a comma and all afternoon putting it back in again. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Amsterdam VIII's national animal is the bison, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Amsterdam VIII is ranked 202,767th in the world and 6,245th in the South Pacific for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 53,822 Standard Monetary Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,164thMost Influential: 8,655thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 12,984thMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,776thLeast Corrupt Governments: 18,420thNicest Citizens: 24,514th
Most Cheerful Citizens: 423rd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 512th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 590th in the regionMost Influential: 680th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 689th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 720th in the region

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