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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 278thLargest Black Market: 387thLargest Information Technology Sector: 423rd
The Alicorn Squadron of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Captain Matias Torres
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The First German Order

Population12.356 billion

CapitalSubmarine Aircraft Carrier Alicorn
LeaderCaptain Matias Torres


The Alicorn Squadron of The First German Order is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Captain Matias Torres with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, compulsory military service, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 12.356 billion Submariners 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 primarily concerned with Defense, although Education, Industry, and Law & Order are also considered important, while Social Policy and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Submarine Aircraft Carrier Alicorn. The average income tax rate is 98.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Submariner economy, worth a remarkable 5,267 trillion Salvations a year, is broadly diversified and mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Average income is an amazing 426,330 Salvations, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.6 times as much as the poorest.

The government has become increasingly militant, netizens fiercely argue over who loves Captain Matias Torres more, guide dogs for the blind have been seen using government websites, and the ongoing space elevator construction project has elevated the national debt to all new levels. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The First German Order's national animal is the Alicorn, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Torresism.

The First German Order is ranked 940th in the world and 26th in the Pacific for Most Subsidized Industry, scoring 17,580.59 on the Gilded Widget Scale.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 278thLargest Black Market: 387thLargest Information Technology Sector: 423rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 485thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 540thHighest Average Incomes: 751stMost Corrupt Governments: 824thMost Subsidized Industry: 940thMost Secular: 1,005thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,049thMost Patriotic: 1,258thLowest Crime Rates: 1,517thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,636thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,683rdMost Efficient Economies: 1,709thLargest Governments: 2,012thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,025thHighest Economic Output: 2,368thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,519thMost Developed: 2,535thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,544thHighest Average Tax Rates: 2,674thMost Advanced Public Education: 2,680thTop
Largest Mining Sector: 2,705thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,833rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 2,984thSmartest Citizens: 3,549thMost Advanced Public Transport: 3,657thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4,855thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,090thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,794thMost Cultured: 8,665thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,830thMost Valuable International Artwork: 11,863rdMost Influential: 13,234thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 14,361stLargest Publishing Industry: 18,243rdHealthiest Citizens: 19,641stMost Authoritarian: 23,078thLargest Populations: 26,698th
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 12th in the regionLargest Black Market: 14th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 15th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 19th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 23rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 23rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 26th in the regionMost Secular: 34th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 38th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 38th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 38th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 40th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 40th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 42nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 47th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 47th in the regionMost Patriotic: 48th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 52nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 59th in the regionLargest Governments: 60th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 63rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 69th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 69th in the regionMost Developed: 75th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 75th in the regionTop
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 89th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 96th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 96th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 143rd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 167th in the regionMost Cultured: 183rd in the regionMost Influential: 191st in the regionLargest Populations: 195th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 245th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 268th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 305th in the regionMost Stationary: 384th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 395th in the regionTop
Healthiest Citizens: 459th in the regionRudest Citizens: 545th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 790th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 870th in the region

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