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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 43rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 74thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 79th
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South Acren

Population9.477 billion

CapitalNew Berlin
LeaderKaiser Erik Richter


The Omnipresent Empire of South Acren is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Kaiser Erik Richter with an iron fist, and notable for its closed borders, barren, inhospitable landscape, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 9.477 billion Germans 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 is effectively ruled by the Department of Defense, although Law & Order and Industry are also considered important, while International Aid receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Berlin. The average income tax rate is 98.7%.

The frighteningly efficient South Acrenian economy, worth a remarkable 4,650 trillion Cybermarcks a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing and Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 490,746 Cybermarcks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The armed forces are locked in an expensive and bloody war abroad to stamp out possible terrorists, international organisations everywhere are united in their condemnation of the nation's zombified military (South Acren has found 8 easter eggs), scientists regularly clone human beings for research purposes, and terrorist videos start by thanking their sponsors. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. South Acren's national animal is the Wolf, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Christianity.

South Acren is ranked 5,787th in the world and 5th in Confederacy of Layem for Smartest Citizens, with 119.77 quips per hour.

Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 43rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 74thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 79thMost Patriotic: 185thHighest Poor Incomes: 287thHighest Average Incomes: 408thLargest Black Market: 475thMost Corrupt Governments: 544thMost Armed: 871stLargest Insurance Industry: 1,105thLargest Governments: 1,302ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,304thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,559thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,564thRudest Citizens: 1,696thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,964thFattest Citizens: 1,983rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 2,056thMost Efficient Economies: 2,081stMost Subsidized Industry: 2,138thMost Devout: 2,428thLowest Crime Rates: 2,502ndMost Valuable International Artwork: 2,623rdTop
Highest Economic Output: 2,852ndLargest Mining Sector: 2,971stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,130thMost Developed: 5,261stSmartest Citizens: 5,787thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 6,533rdMost Influential: 7,227thMost Cultured: 7,920thLargest Retail Industry: 10,480thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10,633rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,763rdMost Advanced Public Education: 11,549thTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 14,889thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,475thLargest Welfare Programs: 18,601stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 19,023rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 23,474th
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionMost Patriotic: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Governments: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Devout: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionFattest Citizens: 4th in the regionTop
Highest Wealthy Incomes: 5th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Developed: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 8th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 8th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 12th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 18th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 18th in the regionTop
Most Popular Tourist Destinations: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 23rd in the regionLargest Populations: 24th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 28th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 38th in the region

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