by Max Barry

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,621stMost Influential: 6,071stHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 23,005th
The Greater Union of
Corrupt Dictatorship
We zullen nooit zonder slag of stoot ten onder gaan
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population894 million


AnimalMaastrichian Parrot

The Greater Union of Nieuw-Maastricht is a huge, cultured nation, notable for its ubiquitous missile silos, state-planned economy, and punitive income tax rates. The cynical population of 894 million Maastrichians are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Administration also on the agenda, while International Aid is ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Oranje-Limburg. The average income tax rate is 53.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The sizeable but inefficient Nieuw-Maastrichtian economy, worth 34.1 trillion Neo-Patientjes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is quite specialized, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Tourism. Average income is 38,166 Neo-Patientjes, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is hungry to spread communism beyond the nation's borders, several citizens have complained about scientists abducting their pets for experimentation, it takes months to get the proper permits for a child's first tricycle, and a cat may look at a king and a dude can look at an ass. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Nieuw-Maastricht's national animal is the Maastrichian Parrot, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Nieuw-Maastricht is ranked 161,313th in the world and 332nd in Conch Kingdom for Largest Basket Weaving Sector, scoring 91.93 on the Hickory Productivity Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,621stMost Influential: 6,071stTop
Highest Workforce Participation Rate: 23,005th

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