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Most Advanced Public Transport: 353rd Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 374th Most Devout: 520th
The Polygamous Commune of
Iron Fist Consumerists
'Til Death
Jan van Leiden
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Munster AKA New Jerusalem

Population9.837 billion

CapitalThe Entire City-State
LeaderJan van Leiden


The Polygamous Commune of Munster AKA New Jerusalem is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Jan van Leiden with an iron fist, and renowned for its anti-smoking policies, keen interest in outer space, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.837 billion Munsterites 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 enormous, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry, Public Transport, and Education are also considered important. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Entire City-State. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Munster AKA New Jerusalemian economy, worth a remarkable 1,818 trillion Notgelds 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 a large, well-organized, quite specialized black market in Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Information Technology. 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 impressive 184,812 Notgelds, with the richest citizens earning 7.5 times as much as the poorest.

A serf by any other name works just as hard, children are terrified that the 'flying police monster' will come to take them away in the night, wood-framed catapults are ready to launch diseased corpses into besieged cities, and government statistics suggest 115% of the population love Jan van Leiden. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Munster AKA New Jerusalem's national animal is the Foreigner, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Munsteritism.

Munster AKA New Jerusalem is ranked 151,472nd in the world and 10th in The Snowy Peninsula for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 20.07 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 353rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 374thMost Devout: 520thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 657thMost Subsidized Industry: 1,527thTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 1,812thLargest Black Market: 1,862ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,988thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,110thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,135thLargest Governments: 2,621stLowest Crime Rates: 2,738thMost Ignorant Citizens: 2,954thLargest Welfare Programs: 3,224thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,445thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,604thHighest Economic Output: 6,971stHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 7,193rdHighest Average Incomes: 7,202ndMost Advanced Public Education: 7,601stTop
Most Authoritarian: 12,161stMost Efficient Economies: 14,986thHealthiest Citizens: 15,494thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,689th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Devout: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the region

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