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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,107thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,386thLowest Crime Rates: 3,417th
The Commonwealth of
Corrupt Dictatorship
Our Own Blood, Bullets, and Bandages!
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Union Princes

Population8.43 billion

CapitalKrieg
FaithAtheism

CurrencyUnion Dollar Coin
AnimalBald Eagle

The Commonwealth of Union Princes is a colossal, efficient nation, notable for its digital currency, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 8.43 billion Unionists are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Krieg. The average income tax rate is 95.1%.

The frighteningly efficient Unionist economy, worth 995 trillion Union Dollar Coins a year, is highly specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming and Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 118,043 Union Dollar Coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Thieves find battery shops juicier targets than banks, the poor are forced into bankruptcy by their energy bills, professionals are ready to retire by the time they receive permission to use their credentials, and a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Union Princes's national animal is the Bald Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Atheism.

Union Princes is ranked 229,919th in the world and 746th in Europeia for Highest Unexpected Death Rate, scoring 18.98 on the Bus Surprisal Index.

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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,107thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,386thLowest Crime Rates: 3,417thMost Valuable International Artwork: 3,590thSafest: 4,483rdLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 4,626thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,762ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,256thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,418thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,953rdMost Advanced Public Education: 6,006thHealthiest Citizens: 6,010thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 6,159thMost Developed: 6,277thMost Patriotic: 6,317thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 6,607thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,686thBest Weather: 7,724thLargest Governments: 8,443rdMost Beautiful Environments: 9,184thMost Secular: 10,563rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,669thMost Influential: 10,919thTop
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Smartest Citizens: 11,925thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,989thMost Cultured: 15,866thHighest Food Quality: 16,645thMost Corrupt Governments: 17,006thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 18,076thHighest Economic Output: 19,298thMost Scientifically Advanced: 19,971stMost Cheerful Citizens: 21,162ndMost Efficient Economies: 22,278thMost Subsidized Industry: 23,127th
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 17th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 22nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Patriotic: 25th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 31st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 38th in the regionTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 43rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 50th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 50th in the regionSafest: 55th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 62nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 74th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 75th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 75th in the regionMost Secular: 78th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 78th in the region

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