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Most Influential: 1,438th Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,811th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,003rd
The Germanic Kingdom of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Shame on he who thinks evil of it
Queen Matilda
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Drusselstein

Population2.474 billion

CapitalPiedmontorini
LeaderQueen Matilda
FaithCatholicism

Currencyguild
Animalsheep

The Germanic Kingdom of Drusselstein is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Queen Matilda with an iron fist, and notable for its national health service, prohibition of alcohol, and complete lack of prisons. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 2.474 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 enormous, 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 Piedmontorini. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 77.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Drusselsteinian economy, worth 229 trillion guilds 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 a slick, highly efficient, highly specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Information Technology. 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 92,743 guilds, with the richest citizens earning 8.0 times as much as the poorest.

The last thing Drusselsteinian soldiers hear before charging into battle is a preacher trying to convert them, barbed wire entanglements and guard towers surround the Piedmontorini Natural History Museum, poaching has been on the rise after animals from the nation's zoos were released into the wild, and families waiting for delayed pipe installations hope daily for rain. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Drusselstein's national animal is the sheep, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Catholicism.

Drusselstein is ranked 11,952nd in the world and 543rd in The North Pacific for Most Eco-Friendly Governments, scoring 5,131.03 on the Dolphin Recycling Awareness Index.

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Most Influential: 1,438thTop
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,811thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,003rdMost Subsidized Industry: 8,645thMost Corrupt Governments: 8,943rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,186thBest Weather: 9,498thTop
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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9,900thLargest Black Market: 10,840thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,952ndMost Developed: 14,737thMost Beautiful Environments: 16,075thHighest Average Tax Rates: 16,694thLongest Average Lifespans: 16,946thHealthiest Citizens: 17,152ndMost Efficient Economies: 17,271stMost Authoritarian: 17,801stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,925th
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Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 138th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 237th in the regionLargest Black Market: 265th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 290th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 290th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 308th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 370th in the regionTop
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Best Weather: 511th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 543rd in the regionMost Influential: 607th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 649th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 667th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 792nd in the regionMost Developed: 813th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 814th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 839th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 884th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 915th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1,017th in the region

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