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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,116thMost Devout: 8,580thSafest: 27,282nd
The Duchy of
Moralistic Democracy
Kentoc'h mervel eget bezań saotret
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Population7.061 billion

LeaderDuke Athanase Aaryn de Retz
FaithRoman Catholicism

CurrencyRetzian Pound

The Duchy of Retz is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Duke Athanase Aaryn de Retz with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, pith helmet sales, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, devout population of 7.061 billion Retzians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pornic. The average income tax rate is 29.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Retzian economy, worth 484 trillion Retzian Pounds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Automobile Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 68,614 Retzian Pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

A five-year-old and a convicted terrorist can sit alongside one another in jury service, the last thing Retzian soldiers hear before charging into battle is a preacher trying to convert them, drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking, and you need a signed affidavit from a registered psychiatrist to claim that you have crazy low prices. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Retz's national animal is the Stoat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Retz is ranked 52,895th in the world and 1,034th in the Pacific for Most Patriotic, with 18.73 flags saluted per person per day.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,116thMost Devout: 8,580thTop
Safest: 27,282nd
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 86th in the regionTop
Most Devout: 128th in the regionLargest Populations: 385th in the regionTop
Highest Economic Output: 515th in the regionLargest Black Market: 654th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 657th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 738th in the regionMost Cultured: 747th in the regionSafest: 829th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 894th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Retz was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Safest.
  • : Retz's influence in The Pacific rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Retz's influence in The Pacific rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Retz's influence in The Pacific rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Retz's influence in The Pacific rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Retz relocated from Alayyid to The Pacific.
  • : Retz's influence in Alayyid rose from "Handshaker" to "Duckspeaker".
  • : Retz's influence in Alayyid rose from "Truckler" to "Handshaker".
  • : Retz's influence in Alayyid rose from "Vassal" to "Truckler".
  • : Retz's influence in Alayyid rose from "Apprentice" to "Vassal".