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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,381st Most Influential: 2,479th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 3,651st
The Stratocratic Duchy of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Adversor et Admorsus. Resist and Bite
Frederick-Hendrick van Gilze-Rijen
Influence
Diplomat
Civil Rights
Few
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 notable for its closed borders, enslaved workforce, and aversion to nipples. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 4.936 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, 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 18.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Saxonian economy, worth 636 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 128,893 Saxonian Guilders, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 436,238 per year while the poor average 28,144, a ratio of 15.5 to 1.

The credibility of anti-government demagogues is undermined by government claims that they smell like poo, the "war on terror" doesn't seem to be making Saxonians any less frightened, earthquake sirens are a leading cause of hearing loss, and no cul-de-sac or trailer park is complete without a gambling parlor. 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 20,775th in the world and 22nd in Renegade Islands Alliance for Most Avoided, scoring 191.16 on the Kardashian Reflex Score.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,381stTop
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Most Influential: 2,479thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,651stLargest Black Market: 5,538thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,103rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,193rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 7,689thLargest Mining Sector: 8,093rdTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 9,023rdLargest Retail Industry: 11,507thMost Stationary: 12,658thLargest Insurance Industry: 12,805thMost Armed: 13,040thMost Secular: 14,202ndMost Efficient Economies: 16,964thHighest Average Incomes: 17,198th
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Influential: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 10th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 12th in the regionMost Armed: 13th in the regionMost Conservative: 15th in the regionMost Stationary: 16th in the region

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