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Largest Gambling Industry: 915thHighest Economic Output: 1,408thMost Stationary: 1,838th
The National Treasure of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Je Maintiendrai la République
Influence
Vassal
Region
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Nachtwacht

Population28.954 billion

CapitalAmsterdam
LeaderRembrandt van Rijn
FaithAtheism

Currencyeuro
Animallion

The National Treasure of Nachtwacht is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Rembrandt van Rijn with an iron fist, and remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, anti-smoking policies, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 28.954 billion Nachtwachtians 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Amsterdam. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 10.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Nachtwachtian economy, worth a remarkable 5,581 trillion euros a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Gambling, Book Publishing, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 192,768 euros, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 867,457 per year while the poor average 26,427, a ratio of 32.8 to 1.

Nobody draws smiley faces on receipts anymore, guns don't kill people — heroes do, Amsterdam Preparatory School for the Exceedingly Wealthy's basketball team is having a few off-years, and nobody looks each other in the eye at neighborhood block parties any more. Crime, especially youth-related, is a major problem, perhaps because of the country's complete lack of prisons. 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 14,676th in the world and 29th in Nederland for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring 3 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

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Largest Gambling Industry: 915thHighest Economic Output: 1,408thTop
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Most Stationary: 1,838thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1,888thMost Armed: 2,162ndLargest Populations: 2,178thLargest Black Market: 2,263rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,342ndLargest Mining Sector: 2,645thMost Efficient Economies: 2,715thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,878thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3,406thHighest Crime Rates: 3,745thMost Avoided: 3,847thLargest Insurance Industry: 4,535thLargest Publishing Industry: 4,704thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,732ndLargest Retail Industry: 5,699thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,156thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,631stHighest Average Incomes: 7,035thMost Influential: 7,595thLargest Information Technology Sector: 8,910thTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,640thMost Secular: 10,458thMost Cultured: 10,786thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,345thMost Rebellious Youth: 14,676thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,863rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 15,144thSmartest Citizens: 15,790thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 15,846thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 16,311thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17,719th
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 2nd in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 5th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6th in the regionTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Nachtwacht was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Most Stationary.
  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, nobody looks each other in the eye at neighborhood block parties any more.
  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, Amsterdam Preparatory School for the Exceedingly Wealthy's basketball team is having a few off-years.
  • : Nachtwacht was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Unexpected Death Rate.
  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, guns don't kill people — heroes do.
  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, nobody draws smiley faces on receipts anymore.
  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, pros are the new cons.
  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, public enemies often walk home with spotless garments and crime records.
  • : Following new legislation in Nachtwacht, Jennifer Government is a bestseller.
  • : Nachtwacht was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Crime Rates and the Top 10% for Greatest Rich-Poor Divides and Highest Unexpected Death Rate.

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