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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,183rd Most Influential: 3,740th Largest Black Market: 3,846th
The Free Republic of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Business, family, self and country
President Alfred von Tapfer
Influence
Sprat
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Drusselstein

Population3.487 billion

CapitalBergbaum
LeaderPresident Alfred von Tapfer
FaithChristianity

Currencygoldmark
Animaleagle

The Free Republic of Drusselstein is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by President Alfred von Tapfer with an iron fist, and renowned for its ban on automobiles, frequent executions, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 3.487 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 Bergbaum. The average income tax rate is 65.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Drusselsteinian economy, worth 465 trillion goldmarks a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 133,540 goldmarks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.6 times as much as the poorest.

School children asked "what is two times two?" are likely to form a symposium to discuss how different answers make them feel, the nation's interest in space is at an all-time high while interest in saving the planet is at an all-time low, mandatory blunting of cutlery has increased the popularity of soup-based meals, and school children are forced to sing the national anthem every morning. 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 eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Christianity.

Drusselstein is ranked 161,349th in the world and 9,364th in The North Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 6.92 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,183rdMost Influential: 3,740thLargest Black Market: 3,846thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,199thMost Conservative: 5,074thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,462ndMost Devout: 5,586thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,472ndTop
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Most Authoritarian: 8,375thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 8,746thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 8,801stMost Subsidized Industry: 9,038thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,502ndMost Armed: 13,723rdMost Efficient Economies: 14,537thHealthiest Citizens: 16,046thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 16,235thMost Developed: 16,319thBest Weather: 16,561st
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 80th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 114th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 143rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 191st in the regionMost Devout: 223rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 282nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 323rd in the regionMost Conservative: 334th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 405th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 410th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 426th in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 501st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 525th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 731st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 795th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 846th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 855th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 867th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 884th in the regionMost Developed: 908th in the regionBest Weather: 917th in the regionMost Influential: 929th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 934th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Drusselstein, school children are forced to sing the national anthem every morning.
  • : Following new legislation in Drusselstein, mandatory blunting of cutlery has increased the popularity of soup-based meals.
  • : Following new legislation in Drusselstein, the nation's interest in space is at an all-time high while interest in saving the planet is at an all-time low.
  • : Following new legislation in Drusselstein, school children asked "what is two times two?" are likely to form a symposium to discuss how different answers make them feel.
  • : Following new legislation in Drusselstein, police officers often head to work wearing onesies and fluffy pink bunny-slippers.
  • : Following new legislation in Drusselstein, money always talks but the taboo subject of death just brings silence.
  • : Drusselstein lodged a message on the The North Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Drusselstein was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Developed and Healthiest Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Drusselstein, spontaneous nocturnal decapitation is considered 'death by natural causes' for enemies of Drusselstein.
  • : Following new legislation in Drusselstein, prominent cultural symbols are featured on the backs of cereal boxes.

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