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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,449thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,033rdLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,589th
The Crown Kingdoms of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Salute to Her Majesty the Empress
Influence
Powerbroker
Founder / Empress of Recon
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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The Recon Empire

Population17.791 billion

CapitalDion
LeaderHM Empress Joan
FaithDianity

CurrencyRecon Dollar
AnimalEagle

The Crown Kingdoms of The Recon Empire is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by HM Empress Joan with an iron fist, and notable for its otherworldly petting zoo, flagrant waste-dumping, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 17.791 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 4.9%.

The frighteningly efficient Reconian economy, worth a remarkable 3,372 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 extensive. Average income is an impressive 189,586 Recon Dollars, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 562,870 per year while the poor average 50,095, 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 239,176th in the world and 5th in The Crown Federation of Recon for Most Primitive, scoring -463.18 on the Scary Big Number Scale.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,449thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,033rdTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,589thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,098thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,502ndMost Secular: 3,554thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,904thHighest Economic Output: 4,003rdFattest Citizens: 4,073rdMost Avoided: 4,870thLargest Mining Sector: 4,967thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,026thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,168thLargest Black Market: 5,407thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,451stLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,196thMost Influential: 7,564thHighest Average Incomes: 7,822ndMost Efficient Economies: 9,950thLargest Retail Industry: 10,359thLargest Populations: 10,608thTop
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Lowest Crime Rates: 12,589thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 13,031stLargest Publishing Industry: 17,059thMost Cultured: 17,489thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 17,902ndSmartest Citizens: 18,490thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,665thMost Developed: 20,676thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 21,416thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 21,700th

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