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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 531st Most World Assembly Endorsements: 921st Most Devout: 1,369th
The Empire of
New York Times Democracy
Our values reign true
Nikolaus Winter
Influence
Shoeshiner
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Superb

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The Empire of Kowley is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Nikolaus Winter with a fair hand, and notable for its aversion to nipples, frequent executions, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 2.3 billion Kowleyians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, although Law & Order, Education, and Industry are also considered important, while Social Policy and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Nyklas City. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 10.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Kowleyian economy, worth 404 trillion Nyxes a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with significant contributions from Trout Farming, Information Technology, and Retail. Average income is an impressive 175,828 Nyxes, with the richest citizens earning 5.7 times as much as the poorest.

Consuming ecstasy is a common rite of passage, conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue, editorials that criticize the government are legally obligated to display the "pants on fire" warning, and there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kowley's national animal is the Grey Wolf, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Protestantism.

Kowley is ranked 9,229th in the world and 307th in The North Pacific for Largest Mining Sector, scoring 7,973.45 on the Blue Sky Asbestos Index.

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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 531stMost World Assembly Endorsements: 921stMost Devout: 1,369thTop
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Most Influential: 2,365thLargest Retail Industry: 2,577thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 3,174thRudest Citizens: 3,479thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 4,406thHighest Average Incomes: 7,027thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,044thMost Efficient Economies: 7,360thTop
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Largest Mining Sector: 9,229thLowest Crime Rates: 9,294thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,575thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,631stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,124thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,735thMost Developed: 12,229thBest Weather: 13,865thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 15,087th
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 38th in the regionMost Devout: 54th in the regionTop
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Largest Furniture Restoration Industry: 115th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 115th in the regionRudest Citizens: 149th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 221st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 234th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 256th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 273rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 279th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 305th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 307th in the regionTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 398th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 423rd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 549th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 608th in the regionMost Developed: 632nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 672nd in the regionMost Influential: 673rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 675th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 682nd in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 700th in the regionBest Weather: 736th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Kowley was endorsed by The Democratic Republic of Prevaland.
  • : Kowley was endorsed by The Empire of Ostrinios.
  • : Following new legislation in Kowley, there is a growing belief that consciousness is a simulated illusion within a computer-generated reality.
  • : Following new legislation in Kowley, editorials that criticize the government are legally obligated to display the "pants on fire" warning.
  • : Following new legislation in Kowley, conscripts often volunteer for a second tour of duty so they can get a ticket to next year's Army Revue.
  • : Following new legislation in Kowley, consuming ecstasy is a common rite of passage.
  • : Kowley endorsed The Lordship of Zanderslovya.
  • : Kowley was endorsed by The Lordship of Zanderslovya.
  • : Kowley was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Drug Use and the Top 10% for Highest Workforce Participation Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Kowley, a large-scale revitalization of the education system is underway.

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