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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,718thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,564thMost Patriotic: 7,426th
The Honorary Precinct of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Nothing is impossible....With a few tanks and missiles
Maksym Vyrvykhvist
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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The East Berliners

Population1.481 billion

LeaderMaksym Vyrvykhvist


The Honorary Precinct of The East Berliners is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Maksym Vyrvykhvist with an iron fist, and renowned for its frequent executions, keen interest in outer space, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.481 billion Berlinians are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, socially-minded, 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 Hohenschönhausen. The average income tax rate is 73.4%.

The Berliner economy, worth 130 trillion notes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, fairly diversified black market in Trout Farming, Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 87,954 notes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.5 times as much as the poorest.

Cutting-edge missile systems are being retrofitted to twin-prop air force biplanes, red rinses are frequently applied to grey hair, citizens are encouraged to show displeasure with politicians by poking them with sharp metal sticks, and Bigtopian relations have become a minefield. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The East Berliners's national animal is the ceberus, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Grousan.

The East Berliners is ranked 203,981st in the world and 1,042nd in Europe for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 50.33 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 3,718thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,564thMost Patriotic: 7,426thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 9,724thMost Authoritarian: 12,885thTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 14,004thMost Influential: 16,819thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 16,882ndLargest Black Market: 17,560thMost Corrupt Governments: 19,963rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 20,328thMost Advanced Public Transport: 21,210thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21,348thLargest Governments: 24,257thHighest Average Tax Rates: 24,849th
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 21st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 36th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 58th in the regionTop
Most Patriotic: 83rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 91st in the regionMost Extreme: 102nd in the region

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