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Largest Black Market: 869thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,048thHighest Economic Output: 1,188th
The National Treasure of
Father Knows Best State
Je Maintiendrai la République
Influence
Vassal
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Nachtwacht

Population29.936 billion

CapitalAmsterdam
LeaderRembrandt van Rijn
FaithAtheism

Currencyeuro
Animallion

The National Treasure of Nachtwacht is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Rembrandt van Rijn with an iron fist, and remarkable for its deadly medical pandemics, complete lack of prisons, and ban on automobiles. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 29.936 billion Nachtwachtians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Amsterdam. The average income tax rate is 37.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Nachtwachtian economy, worth a remarkable 6,257 trillion euros 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 Information Technology, Uranium Mining, Gambling, and Arms Manufacturing. 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 209,014 euros, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

Citizens are encouraged to show displeasure with politicians by poking them with sharp metal sticks, comic books avoid plot inconsistencies by removing the plot, former stunt pilots are unable to pass the licence test to fly a drone, and Amnesty Interregional has condemned Nachtwacht for ignoring crimes against humanity. Crime, especially youth-related, is relatively low. Nachtwacht's national animal is the lion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Atheism.

Nachtwacht is ranked 162,989th in the world and 40th in Nederland for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring 23.67 on the Hayek Index.

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Largest Black Market: 869thLargest Gambling Industry: 1,048thHighest Economic Output: 1,188thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,635thLargest Mining Sector: 1,669thMost Stationary: 1,772ndLargest Populations: 2,166thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,282ndMost Efficient Economies: 2,549thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,713thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,725thHighest Disposable Incomes: 3,699thMost Avoided: 4,647thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,261stHighest Average Incomes: 5,566thLargest Publishing Industry: 6,159thLargest Retail Industry: 6,331stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,559thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,817thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 7,306thHighest Poor Incomes: 8,064thMost Influential: 8,571stTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 12,184thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,451stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12,621stMost Secular: 13,434thMost Cultured: 17,679thSmartest Citizens: 18,672ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 18,953rdLargest Governments: 20,402ndMost Developed: 20,591st
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Most Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 6th in the regionTop
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 7th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 8th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 9th in the regionMost Cultured: 9th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 10th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 10th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, Amnesty Interregional has condemned Nachtwacht for ignoring crimes against humanity.
  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, former stunt pilots are unable to pass the licence test to fly a drone.
  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, comic books avoid plot inconsistencies by removing the plot.
  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, citizens are encouraged to show displeasure with politicians by poking them with sharp metal sticks.
  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, stoogery and pratfalls are about as scathingly clever as Nachtwachtian humor gets.
  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, lions have more rights than the average citizen.
  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, politicians that report exaggerated crowd sizes for their speeches are dismissed for being delusional.
  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, it is illegal to carry an umbrella when the official weather forecast predicts a sunny day.
  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, defense lawyers suggestively note to juries how flagrantly happy victims were.
  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, aggressive promotion of global warming puts polar bears on thin ice.

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