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Population13.591 billion

CapitalNew Schiltzbierg
LeaderGrand Duke Lucas IV
FaithRoman Catholicism

CurrencySchiltz Dollar
AnimalRed-Tailed Hawk

The Grand Duchy of Schiltzberg is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Grand Duke Lucas IV with a fair hand, and remarkable for its sprawling nuclear power plants, aversion to nipples, and ubiquitous missile silos. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 13.591 billion Schiltzbergers love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.

The enormous, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Schiltzbierg. The average income tax rate is 96.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Schiltzbergian economy, worth a remarkable 2,168 trillion Schiltz Dollars 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 dominated by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Furniture Restoration. Average income is an impressive 159,589 Schiltz Dollars, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.3 times as much as the poorest.

Older ladies are inundated with offers to help them cross the road, hoping to get pregnant is considered sinful presumption, the nation's green cities are indeed concrete jungles, and Grand Duke Lucas IV is too busy listening to praise to get any work done. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Schiltzberg's national animal is the Red-Tailed Hawk, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Schiltzberg is ranked 199,647th in the world and 1st in Coin Collecting Club for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -12.65 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

Most Devout: 403rdMost Subsidized Industry: 624thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 948thLargest Publishing Industry: 1,054thMost Cheerful Citizens: 1,385thSafest: 1,585thNicest Citizens: 1,642ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1,697thMost Compassionate Citizens: 1,793rdLeast Corrupt Governments: 1,821stMost Efficient Economies: 1,973rdMost Pacifist: 2,072ndTop
Best Weather: 2,229thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,482ndMost Cultured: 2,632ndMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,891stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,910thMost Advanced Public Transport: 2,920thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,123rdMost Beautiful Environments: 3,128thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,190thHealthiest Citizens: 3,780thHighest Average Tax Rates: 3,820thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,956thLongest Average Lifespans: 4,040thLargest Governments: 4,214thLowest Crime Rates: 4,216thMost Developed: 5,160thMost Inclusive: 5,832ndSmartest Citizens: 6,133rdHighest Economic Output: 6,602ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,328thTop
Highest Average Incomes: 11,507thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,056thMost Valuable International Artwork: 14,884thMost Politically Free: 15,457thLargest Populations: 16,462ndHighest Poor Incomes: 17,969thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 19,034thMost Stationary: 19,268th

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