by Max Barry

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Most Influential: 1,131stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,366thLargest Publishing Industry: 14,552nd
The Grand Duchy of
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Freiheit, Wohlstand, Gleichheit
Grand Duke Heinrich VI
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Population4.86 billion

CapitalAlnau am Rhein
LeaderGrand Duke Heinrich VI
FaithAgnostic Atheism

AnimalEuropean Perch

The Grand Duchy of Heinsbergen is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Grand Duke Heinrich VI with an even hand, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, keen interest in outer space, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working population of 4.86 billion Heinsbergeners 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 medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Alnau am Rhein. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 43.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Heinsbergenian economy, worth 546 trillion Kupfermarks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Book Publishing, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 112,401 Kupfermarks, with the richest citizens earning 6.2 times as much as the poorest.

Grand Duke Heinrich VI's iHouse is so intelligent that it manages its own social media accounts, a cyber-war between file sharers and the music industry formats hard drives across the country, urban high-volume mailers now receive their mail via chauffeur-driven limousines, and one year's corporation tax from three international megacorporations has funded one dozen shiny black pencils for Grand Duke Heinrich VI's office. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Heinsbergen's national animal is the European Perch, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Agnostic Atheism.

Heinsbergen is ranked 15,942nd in the world and 314th in Europe for Most Developed, scoring 86.9 on the Human Development Index.

Most Influential: 1,131stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,366thTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 14,552ndLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 14,775thMost Developed: 15,942ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 16,455thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,262ndLargest Retail Industry: 18,892ndMost Secular: 19,403rdLargest Black Market: 19,458thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 19,554thMost Advanced Public Transport: 20,023rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 21,979thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 22,441stMost Efficient Economies: 22,562ndLargest Mining Sector: 22,853rdSmartest Citizens: 24,119thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24,193rdLongest Average Lifespans: 24,604thHighest Disposable Incomes: 24,980thMost Advanced Public Education: 28,052nd
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 77th in the regionMost Average: 82nd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 96th in the regionLargest Black Market: 105th in the region

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