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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,712th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,726th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,179th
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
The Death Of democracy Will Start An Era Of Progress
Erwin Agustus Sacschen von Zenzefer III
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population2.142 billion

LeaderErwin Agustus Sacschen von Zenzefer III


The Empire of Scherzinger is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Erwin Agustus Sacschen von Zenzefer III with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, irreverence towards religion, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.142 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 85.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Scherzingerian economy, worth 346 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 161,717 Marks, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The nation's black ops are starting to get on people's nerves, citizens who don't recite the Pledge of Scherzinger at least three times a day are placed on a terrorist watch-list, many politicians are in rehab for minor drug offenses, and the government is cracking down on subversive groups. 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 142,411th in the world and 924th in Europe for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 16.54 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,712thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,726thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,179thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,419thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,686thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,408thMost Subsidized Industry: 4,950thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,983rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,496thMost Secular: 5,553rdLowest Crime Rates: 5,715thLargest Agricultural Sector: 6,099thMost Influential: 6,184thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,396thHealthiest Citizens: 7,631stMost Developed: 7,674thTop
Most Authoritarian: 8,185thLargest Governments: 8,769thMost Efficient Economies: 9,571stHighest Average Incomes: 10,215thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,303rdHighest Average Tax Rates: 10,509thMost Cultured: 10,915thMost Conservative: 11,210thLargest Publishing Industry: 11,328thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,510thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 12,337thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,684thMost Beautiful Environments: 14,008thSmartest Citizens: 14,379th
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 28th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 30th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 30th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 34th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 35th in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 36th in the regionTop
Most Corrupt Governments: 53rd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 55th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 62nd in the regionMost Conservative: 62nd in the regionMost Secular: 75th in the regionMost Extreme: 77th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 81st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 84th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 95th in the region

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