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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,359th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,962nd Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,118th
The Crown Kingdoms of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Salute to Her Majesty the Empress
Influence
Eminence Grise
Founder / Empress of Recon
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Recon Empire

Population14.568 billion

CapitalDion
LeaderHM Empress Joan
FaithDianity

CurrencyRecon Dollar
AnimalEagle

The Crown Kingdoms of The Recon Empire is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by HM Empress Joan with an iron fist, and renowned for its free-roaming dinosaurs, digital currency, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 14.568 billion Reconians 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 Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Dion. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 5.0%.

The frighteningly efficient Reconian economy, worth a remarkable 2,715 trillion Recon Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 186,423 Recon Dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 553,478 per year while the poor average 49,259, a ratio of 11.2 to 1.

National chefs believe that you can eat anything so long as you deep fry it first, the family summer vacation has become a thing of the past following the introduction of the year-round school year, edutainment video games are taking The Recon Empire's students to the next level, and people believe that if you teach a man to fish he won't buy fish from you any more. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Recon Empire's national animal is the Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Dianity.

The Recon Empire is ranked 49,461st in the world and 3rd in The Crown Federation of Recon for Most Pro-Market, scoring 56.89 on the Rand Index.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,359thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,962ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,118thMost Efficient Economies: 2,369thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,556thMost Secular: 2,851stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,103rdLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,302ndHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,466thLargest Black Market: 3,519thFattest Citizens: 3,606thLargest Mining Sector: 3,619thHighest Economic Output: 4,048thMost Avoided: 4,136thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,273rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,437thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,680thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,266thMost Influential: 6,175thHighest Average Incomes: 7,051stLargest Retail Industry: 8,385thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,550thLargest Populations: 11,133rdLowest Crime Rates: 11,155thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,582ndMost Subsidized Industry: 15,507thLargest Publishing Industry: 16,024thMost Cultured: 16,176thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 16,681st
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Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the region

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