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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,365th Most Influential: 2,523rd Largest Manufacturing Sector: 3,405th
The Stratocratic Duchy of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Adversor et Admorsus. Resist and Bite
Frederick-Hendrick van Gilze-Rijen
Regional Influence
Envoy
Civil Rights
Rare
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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The Stratocratic Duchy of The Lowlands and Saxony is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Frederick-Hendrick van Gilze-Rijen with an iron fist, and renowned for its digital currency, sprawling nuclear power plants, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 4.238 billion Saxonians 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Industry, and Defense. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Utrecht. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 14.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Saxonian economy, worth 551 trillion Saxonian Guilders a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Automobile Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 130,143 Saxonian Guilders, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 387,534 per year while the poor average 34,244, a ratio of 11.3 to 1.

Surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods, visions of giant pink Herons are a common side effect after Saxonians eat their meals, the people are famous throughout the region for their bleached-white teeth, and citizens are regularly arrested in queues for 'loitering'. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Lowlands and Saxony's national animal is the Heron, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

The Lowlands and Saxony is ranked 16,165th in the world and 48th in Renegade Islands Alliance for Most Efficient Economies, scoring 97.6 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,365thTop
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Most Influential: 2,523rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,405thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,613thLargest Black Market: 5,835thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,038thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,952ndLargest Mining Sector: 7,104thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 9,697thLargest Insurance Industry: 9,759thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 10,352ndMost Authoritarian: 10,500thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 11,419thMost Armed: 11,541stMost Conservative: 12,089thMost Avoided: 12,185thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13,146thMost Secular: 13,350thMost Stationary: 13,885th
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 7th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionMost Conservative: 9th in the regionTop
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Largest Black Market: 10th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 12th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 13th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14th in the regionMost Armed: 14th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 14th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 16th in the regionMost Stationary: 16th in the region

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