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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,378th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,014th Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,177th
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

Population13.815 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 renowned for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 13.815 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 2,575 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 4,094th in the world and 4th in The Crown Federation of Recon for Highest Economic Output, with 2,575 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,378thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,014thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,177thMost Efficient Economies: 2,360thMost Corrupt Governments: 2,529thMost Secular: 2,864thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,952ndLargest Black Market: 3,384thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,410thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,500thLargest Mining Sector: 3,601stFattest Citizens: 3,670thHighest Economic Output: 4,094thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,102ndMost Avoided: 4,200thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,495thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,706thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,271stMost Influential: 6,417thHighest Average Incomes: 7,006thTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 8,588thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,285thLowest Crime Rates: 11,173rdLargest Populations: 11,410thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,360thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,266th
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Largest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the region

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