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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 127thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 196thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 451st
The New Rothish Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
For the Great Green North/För sei Grooten Grœnen Norğa!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population2.628 billion

LeaderHer Majesty Queen Astrid I

AnimalMute Swan

The New Rothish Empire of Ionalands is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Her Majesty Queen Astrid I with an iron fist, and renowned for its otherworldly petting zoo, punitive income tax rates, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 2.628 billion Roths 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 is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Industry also on the agenda, while Environment and International Aid receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Marksburg. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 87.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Rothish economy, worth a remarkable 1,054 trillion Rjoğmarks 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. 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 an amazing 401,420 Rjoğmarks, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 2,275,849 per year while the poor average 34,616, a ratio of 65.7 to 1.

Surfers ride tsunamis of record height and toxicity, all work and no play has rendered the nation's children somewhat intelligent but also remarkably dull, newborns are being raised as mindless killing machines, and the big red machine has ground to a halt. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ionalands's national animal is the Mute Swan, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Atheism.

Ionalands is ranked 52,226th in the world and 13th in Novus Lucidum for Most Extreme, scoring 26.19 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 127thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 196thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 451stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 454thMost Secular: 628thHighest Average Incomes: 729thMost Armed: 761stMost Corrupt Governments: 813thLargest Agricultural Sector: 912thMost Avoided: 917thLargest Mining Sector: 999thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,182ndMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,395thLargest Black Market: 1,679thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,738thLargest Insurance Industry: 1,780thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,862ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,057thTop
Fattest Citizens: 2,201stRudest Citizens: 2,471stMost Efficient Economies: 2,596thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,600thLargest Governments: 3,636thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,692ndLowest Crime Rates: 7,030thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 7,074thSmartest Citizens: 7,251stLargest Retail Industry: 7,295thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,456thMost Influential: 8,988thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 9,285thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,616thTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 11,301stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 12,168thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,583rdHighest Economic Output: 15,894thMost Developed: 17,188th
Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Avoided: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2nd in the regionTop
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Armed: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 4th in the region

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Endorsements Received: 8 » Scalesburg, Gothic Vandelia, The Arken, Anacodia, Isla De Militarias, New Nationale Einheit, Rilandse, and Cauva.

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