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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,400th Most Influential: 2,596th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 3,499th
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 ubiquitous missile silos, compulsory gun ownership, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.866 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 11.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Saxonian economy, worth 509 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 131,689 Saxonian Guilders, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 392,137 per year while the poor average 34,651, 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 24,040th in the world and 75th in Renegade Islands Alliance for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 6,808.89 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,400thTop
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Most Influential: 2,596thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,499thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,224thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,316thLargest Black Market: 6,631stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,374thLargest Mining Sector: 7,518thTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 9,415thLargest Retail Industry: 9,846thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,861stMost Avoided: 11,905thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,369thMost Armed: 12,539thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 12,759thMost Authoritarian: 12,985thMost Secular: 14,392ndMost Stationary: 14,878thMost Conservative: 14,882ndHighest Average Incomes: 16,369thMost Efficient Economies: 16,546th
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 7th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11th in the regionLargest Black Market: 12th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 15th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 17th in the regionMost Stationary: 18th in the regionMost Conservative: 18th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 20th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 22nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 22nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 29th in the regionMost Avoided: 29th in the regionMost Armed: 30th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 30th in the region

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