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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,530th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,268th Largest Black Market: 3,556th
The Great Grey Empire of
Corporate Police State
Cleanse The World
Influence
Newcomer
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Area VIII

Population13.739 billion

CapitalWolfenburg
LeaderWalter Wolfman III

CurrencyZera
AnimalRaven

The Great Grey Empire of Area VIII is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Walter Wolfman III with an iron fist, and notable for its prohibition of alcohol, avowedly heterosexual populace, and multi-spousal wedding ceremonies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 13.739 billion Area VIIIians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The medium-sized, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Wolfenburg. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 36.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Area VIIIian economy, worth a remarkable 1,764 trillion Zeras a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 128,398 Zeras, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 791,689 per year while the poor average 9,049, a ratio of 87.5 to 1.

The lowest age at which one can marry has been recently lowered to 12, religious organizations are being forced to leave the country or pay income taxes like everybody else, eight year-olds with lemonade stands have been known to be locked up on charges of embezzlement, and torture is commonly used to extract information from suspected criminals. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Area VIII's national animal is the Raven, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

Area VIII is ranked 46,552nd in the world and 1,699th in Osiris for Most Authoritarian, with 0.55 Stalins.

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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,530thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,268thLargest Black Market: 3,556thHighest Economic Output: 5,722ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,551stGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,897thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,345thMost Avoided: 7,964thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,168thLargest Populations: 8,223rdMost Pro-Market: 8,279thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 8,979thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,066thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,225thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 10,109thLargest Retail Industry: 10,171stLargest Mining Sector: 12,477thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 12,837thMost Extreme: 15,374th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 104th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 214th in the regionLargest Black Market: 217th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 218th in the regionLargest Populations: 221st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 266th in the regionTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 284th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 318th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 346th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 416th in the regionMost Extreme: 431st in the regionMost Avoided: 437th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 449th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 451st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 458th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 496th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 514th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Area VIII's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Area VIII's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Area VIII's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Area VIII was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Area VIII ceased to exist in Japerica.
  • : Area VIII was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments.
  • : Area VIII was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Area VIII was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Corrupt Governments and Most Zombies.
  • : Area VIII was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Zombies.
  • : Area VIII was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.

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