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Population330 million

CurrencyBottle caps
AnimalScrupulous Sand Penguin

The Republic of Hammersteinia is a huge, cultured nation, remarkable for its compulsory military service, ban on automobiles, and irreverence towards religion. The quiet, industrious population of 330 million Hammersteins are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Public Transport. The average income tax rate is 55.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Hammersteinian economy, worth 18.6 trillion Bottle caps a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is 56,238 Bottle caps, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Genocide is seen as a topic best avoided in history lessons, every product goes through extensive safety-testing by the government, organisations with 800 in their phone number are often raided by special forces, and the government awards prizes to television shows featuring stereotype-breaking minority roles. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Hammersteinia's national animal is the Scrupulous Sand Penguin, which frolics freely in the nation's sparkling oceans.

Hammersteinia is ranked 79,696th in the world and 2,692nd in the South Pacific for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -1 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,995th
Most Advanced Public Transport: 596th in the region

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