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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,782nd Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,042nd Lowest Crime Rates: 3,336th
The Commonwealth of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Our Own Blood, Bullets, and Bandages!
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Union Princes

Population4.238 billion


CurrencyUnion Dollar Coin
AnimalBald Eagle

The Commonwealth of Union Princes is a massive, safe nation, renowned for its sprawling nuclear power plants, national health service, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 4.238 billion Unionists are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The enormous, corrupt, moralistic, 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 92.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Unionist economy, worth 522 trillion Union Dollar Coins a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Trout Farming, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 123,301 Union Dollar Coins, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals, the number of judges has tripled in recent months, shaken martini sales have soared in nations surrounding Union Princes, and prankster scientists legally change their names to silly pseudonyms before major discoveries. 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 17,697th in the world and 82nd in New Western Empire for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 264.65 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,782ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2,042ndLowest Crime Rates: 3,336thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,684thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,884thSafest: 4,959thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,191stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,618thHealthiest Citizens: 5,806thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,965thMost Advanced Public Education: 7,195thMost Influential: 7,293rdMost Developed: 7,582ndTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 8,556thLargest Governments: 8,585thMost Secular: 8,613thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,951stMost Authoritarian: 10,726thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,048thHighest Poor Incomes: 11,594thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 11,621stLongest Average Lifespans: 11,739thBest Weather: 11,747thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,302ndSmartest Citizens: 13,257thMost Beautiful Environments: 13,284thMost Pacifist: 15,681stMost Cultured: 16,852nd
Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 10th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 12th in the regionSafest: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18th in the regionMost Conservative: 22nd in the regionMost Secular: 23rd in the region

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