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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,887th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,258th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,350th
The Free Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Fac fortia et patere
President Colin Harper
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Drusselstein

Population4.048 billion

CapitalAugsburg
LeaderPresident Colin Harper
FaithChristianity

Currencythaler
Animalotter

The Free Republic of Drusselstein is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by President Colin Harper with an iron fist, and notable for its museums and concert halls, pith helmet sales, and digital currency. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.048 billion Drusselsteinians 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, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Augsburg. The average income tax rate is 73.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Drusselsteinian economy, worth 597 trillion thalers a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an impressive 147,674 thalers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

Business owners return from long vacations to find their factories have been turned into homeless shelters, all-natural foods are becoming a major fad, supermarkets must refund spoilt milk even six months after the sale, and police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Drusselstein's national animal is the otter, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans, and its national religion is Christianity.

Drusselstein is ranked 23,356th in the world and 959th in The North Pacific for Highest Wealthy Incomes, with 267,493.56 Standard Monetary Units.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 1,887thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,258thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,350thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,305thLargest Black Market: 3,993rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,060thMost Devout: 4,375thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,531stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,221stMost Influential: 6,214thMost Efficient Economies: 7,745thTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 9,373rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,669thBest Weather: 10,055thLowest Crime Rates: 10,363rdMost Conservative: 10,616thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,987thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,509thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12,397thHighest Average Incomes: 12,955thMost Developed: 13,279thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,436thHealthiest Citizens: 15,641st
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 77th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 91st in the regionLargest Black Market: 121st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 133rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 139th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 166th in the regionMost Devout: 177th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 183rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 306th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 357th in the regionTop
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Most Subsidized Industry: 455th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 511th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 519th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 570th in the regionBest Weather: 582nd in the regionMost Conservative: 594th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 623rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 634th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 701st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 728th in the regionMost Developed: 787th in the region

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