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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,161st Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,341st Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,690th
The Fox Inquisitor of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Come to our lovely abodes, then go to our labs.
Queen Aura
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Good
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Some

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East Lodge

Population851 million

CapitalWest Colony
LeaderQueen Aura

CurrencyDiamond Zalrecs
AnimalZoo Human

The Fox Inquisitor of East Lodge is a huge, efficient nation, ruled by Queen Aura with an even hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, free-roaming dinosaurs, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 851 million East Lodgeans have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The relatively small, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Administration, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of West Colony. The average income tax rate is 17.8%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming East Lodgean economy, worth 96.6 trillion Diamond Zalrecs a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Basket Weaving. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 113,491 Diamond Zalrecs, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

The Treasury Minister takes anxiety medication every time kids lose their sports kits, the weather is the nation's most risqué topic of conversation, government buildings are being cleansed of anything that might have racist connotations, and citizens wishing to be parents must undertake a series of gruelling tests to evaluate their capabilities. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. East Lodge's national animal is the Zoo Human, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

East Lodge is ranked 39,984th in the world and 1,217th in the South Pacific for Most Advanced Law Enforcement, scoring 2,652.73 on the Orwell Orderliness Index.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,161stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2,341stLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,690thMost Influential: 5,292ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,104thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,845thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 10,021stMost Inclusive: 11,675thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,756thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 14,372ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,067thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 16,468thMost Cultured: 16,983rd
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 69th in the regionTop
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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 97th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 143rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 206th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 211th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 259th in the regionLargest Black Market: 309th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 311th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 403rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 431st in the regionMost Influential: 443rd in the regionMost Average: 449th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 472nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 489th in the regionMost Cultured: 493rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 569th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 610th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 624th in the regionMost Developed: 662nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 684th in the region

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