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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7,969thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,729thLargest Mining Sector: 12,852nd
The Grand Duchy of
Iron Fist Consumerists
God save thy Crown-Prince
Johan Santana
Civil Rights
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The Hanoverian Rhineland

Population1.956 billion

LeaderJohan Santana
FaithRheinish Catholicism

AnimalDual-Headed Shadow Pheonix

The Grand Duchy of The Hanoverian Rhineland is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Johan Santana with an iron fist, and remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, free-roaming dinosaurs, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 1.956 billion Rheinish 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Rhein. The average income tax rate is 71.0%.

The powerhouse Rheinish economy, worth 206 trillion Rhinas a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 105,818 Rhinas, with the richest citizens earning 5.1 times as much as the poorest.

University graduates and new home-owners toil in labour camps to work off their debts, the army's use of chemical weapons leaves a bad taste in the mouth, the nation's WA representatives have received a very public sacking after The Hanoverian Rhineland allowed its WA membership to lapse, and most citizens in The Hanoverian Rhineland are abject pyrophobes after extremely graphic pamphlets were mailed nationwide by the government. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Hanoverian Rhineland's national animal is the Dual-Headed Shadow Pheonix, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Rheinish Catholicism.

The Hanoverian Rhineland is ranked 37,729th in the world and 2nd in Grand Economic Cooperation Sphere for Longest Average Lifespans, with 85.91 years.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 7,969thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,729thLargest Mining Sector: 12,852ndTop
Most Patriotic: 14,702ndMost Authoritarian: 15,392ndMost Conservative: 15,555thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,850thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,600thMost Corrupt Governments: 19,446thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 24,060thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 24,568thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 26,611th

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