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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,268th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,271st Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,841st
The Nordic Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
May the gold lead the way!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population4.261 billion

LeaderEmpress Lisette
FaithNordic Protestantism


The Nordic Empire of Aureumterra is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Empress Lisette with an iron fist, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, ban on automobiles, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 4.261 billion Aureumterrans 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 medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Potens. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 48.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Aureumterrese economy, worth 711 trillion Cocoes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Average income is an impressive 166,892 Cocoes, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 493,303 per year while the poor average 44,375, a ratio of 11.1 to 1.

The government seizes all major gold finds, flash floods that dams could have controlled regularly ravage small towns in mountain valleys, punk rockers smash it up and then clean it up, and royal princesses are recognizable by their plastic tiaras. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aureumterra's national animal is the Serm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Nordic Protestantism.

Aureumterra is ranked 141,519th in the world and 561st in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Most Income Equality, scoring 9 on the Marx-Engels Emancipation Scale.

Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,268thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,271stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,841stLargest Retail Industry: 4,420thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,849thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,645thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,366thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,567thLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,971stMost Avoided: 8,238thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 8,357thTop
Highest Disposable Incomes: 8,497thMost Efficient Economies: 8,528thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,872ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,146thHighest Average Incomes: 9,489thMost Cultured: 10,038thLowest Crime Rates: 10,992ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,914thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,423rdLargest Publishing Industry: 13,504thSmartest Citizens: 14,667thMost Developed: 15,311thMost Secular: 15,455thLargest Governments: 15,560th
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 19th in the regionTop
Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 39th in the regionMost Cultured: 40th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 50th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 57th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 58th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 58th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 59th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 64th in the region

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