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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,368th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,960th Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,120th
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

Population14.376 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 frequent executions, pith helmet sales, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 14.376 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 2,680 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 83,779th in the world and 7th in The Crown Federation of Recon for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring 768.07 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,368thTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,960thHighest Disposable Incomes: 2,120thMost Efficient Economies: 2,362ndMost Corrupt Governments: 2,528thMost Secular: 2,774thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,029thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 3,219thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 3,413thLargest Black Market: 3,447thLargest Mining Sector: 3,540thFattest Citizens: 3,573rdHighest Economic Output: 4,025thMost Avoided: 4,041stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,129thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,362ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,711thLargest Information Technology Sector: 5,225thMost Influential: 6,227thHighest Average Incomes: 6,992ndTop
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Largest Retail Industry: 8,330thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,287thLowest Crime Rates: 11,102ndLargest Populations: 11,167thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,110thMost Subsidized Industry: 15,307th
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1st in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the region

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