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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,018th Rudest Citizens: 3,629th Most Efficient Economies: 4,016th
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Population10.634 billion

CapitalYves Saint Laurent
LeaderHigh King Aldus
FaithRoman Catholicism

CurrencyUlrechian Sterling
AnimalAlbino gorilla

The Clout Chasing Empire of Ulrech is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by High King Aldus with a fair hand, and renowned for its national health service, smutty television, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, humorless population of 10.634 billion Ulrechians enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The relatively small government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Industry, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Welfare and Spirituality receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Yves Saint Laurent. The average income tax rate is 50.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Ulrechian economy, worth a remarkable 1,811 trillion Ulrechian Sterlings a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, broadly diversified black market in Tourism, Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Automobile Manufacturing. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an impressive 170,392 Ulrechian Sterlings, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.3 times as much as the poorest.

Only AIs know why the nation is rapidly increasing its semiconductor stockpile, the government is hungry to spread communism beyond the nation's borders, convicted conmen and fraudsters often leave prison to enter a career in politics, and every day has been a surprise since weather reporters turned to consulting ancient totems for their seven-day forecasts. Crime is totally unknown. Ulrech's national animal is the Albino gorilla, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Ulrech is ranked 9,415th in the world and 22nd in Federation of Conservative Nations for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 392.87 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 3,018thRudest Citizens: 3,629thMost Efficient Economies: 4,016thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,355thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,977thLargest Black Market: 4,978thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,204thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6,737thHighest Economic Output: 7,017thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,231stMost Cultured: 8,105thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,653rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 8,790thHighest Average Incomes: 8,968thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,415thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9,488thMost Influential: 10,528thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 10,786thMost Developed: 11,058thSmartest Citizens: 11,552ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,105thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13,612thLargest Retail Industry: 15,111thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,520thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,800thMost Subsidized Industry: 16,289th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 5th in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 5th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 6th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 7th in the regionNudest: 8th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 9th in the regionLargest Black Market: 9th in the regionTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 12th in the regionLargest Populations: 12th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 12th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16th in the regionRudest Citizens: 17th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 19th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 20th in the regionMost Developed: 20th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 22nd in the regionMost Cultured: 22nd in the regionMost Influential: 23rd in the region

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