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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,637th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,840th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,987th
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
The Death Of democracy Will Start An Era Of Progress
Erwin Agustus Sacschen von Zenzefer III
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Scherzinger

Population3.242 billion

CapitalShangXiang
LeaderErwin Agustus Sacschen von Zenzefer III
FaithAtheism

CurrencyMark
AnimalVulture

The Empire of Scherzinger is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Erwin Agustus Sacschen von Zenzefer III with an iron fist, and renowned for its complete lack of prisons, free-roaming dinosaurs, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 3.242 billion Scherzingerians 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 medium-sized, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of ShangXiang. The average income tax rate is 85.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Scherzingerian economy, worth 537 trillion Marks a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is fairly diversified, is dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 165,699 Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Foreign leaders' Twitcher accounts are monitored for potential threats to national security, the military is on a massive recruiting drive in advance of an invasion of Brasilistan, summer science camps are regularly raided by narcotics police, and belligerent citizens shoot at passing clouds for 'violating their airspace'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Scherzinger's national animal is the Vulture, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Atheism.

Scherzinger is ranked 10,172nd in the world and 46th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 85.86 Effective Tax Rate.

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Largest Agricultural Sector: 2,637thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,840thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,987thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,428thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,903rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,212thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,391stMost Corrupt Governments: 4,422ndMost Subsidized Industry: 4,933rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5,002ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,193rdLowest Crime Rates: 5,277thMost Influential: 5,725thMost Secular: 5,930thHealthiest Citizens: 6,813thMost Developed: 7,142ndLargest Governments: 8,203rdTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 8,972ndLongest Average Lifespans: 9,282ndMost Authoritarian: 9,486thHighest Average Incomes: 9,697thHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,172ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,388thLargest Publishing Industry: 10,574thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 10,599thMost Cultured: 10,713thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,373rdBest Weather: 11,954thSmartest Citizens: 12,866thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,051stMost Conservative: 15,874thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 15,948th
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Healthiest Citizens: 18th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 21st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 21st in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 22nd in the regionMost Developed: 23rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 25th in the regionBest Weather: 26th in the regionMost Influential: 27th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 27th in the regionMost Cultured: 28th in the regionTop
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Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 31st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 34th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 34th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 37th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 38th in the regionMost Income Equality: 41st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 45th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 46th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 47th in the regionLargest Governments: 47th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 49th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 52nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 52nd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 53rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 56th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 58th in the region

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