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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,443rd Most Influential: 2,599th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 3,510th
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 remarkable for its keen interest in outer space, aversion to nipples, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.671 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 11.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Saxonian economy, worth 482 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 131,567 Saxonian Guilders, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 391,774 per year while the poor average 34,619, 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 166,932nd in the world and 405th in Renegade Islands Alliance for Longest Average Lifespans, with 43.38 Years.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,443rdTop
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Most Influential: 2,599thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,510thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,467thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,334thLargest Black Market: 6,929thLargest Mining Sector: 7,373rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,417thTop
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Largest Insurance Industry: 9,422ndLargest Retail Industry: 9,508thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 9,786thMost Avoided: 12,050thMost Armed: 12,500thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,577thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 12,817thMost Authoritarian: 13,334thMost Secular: 14,391stMost Conservative: 15,272ndMost Stationary: 15,456thHighest Average Incomes: 16,355thMost Efficient Economies: 16,377th
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 6th in the regionMost Influential: 7th in the regionLargest Black Market: 13th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 14th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 17th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionMost Stationary: 19th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 21st in the regionTop
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Most Authoritarian: 23rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 26th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 28th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 29th in the regionMost Conservative: 30th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 30th in the regionMost Avoided: 30th in the regionMost Armed: 31st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 35th in the region

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