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Most Valuable International Artwork: 317thLargest Retail Industry: 2,710thLargest Black Market: 8,296th
The Jolly Winter Wonderland of
Father Knows Best State
One Good Test Is Worth A Thousand Expert Opinions.
Wernher Magnus Maximilian Von Braun
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Wernher Magnus Maximilian Von Braun

Population4.381 billion

CapitalCape Canaveral
LeaderWernher Magnus Maximilian Von Braun


The Jolly Winter Wonderland of Wernher Magnus Maximilian Von Braun is a massive, genial nation, ruled by Wernher Magnus Maximilian Von Braun with an iron fist, and renowned for its pith helmet sales, parental licensing program, and devotion to social welfare. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 4.381 billion Rocket Scientists are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Industry, Welfare, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Cape Canaveral. The average income tax rate is 50.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Rocket Scientist economy, worth 498 trillion Sleighs 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 large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Retail, Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. 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 113,701 Sleighs, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Immigrants who don't like the taste of Rocket Scientist Turnip Chips are immediately deported, promising seven years of bad luck leads to seven years of community service, the studies of art and philosophy are banned, and it is well recognised that you can't sustain communism without a bit of spirit. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Wernher Magnus Maximilian Von Braun's national animal is the Reindeeer, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Wernher Magnus Maximilian Von Braun is ranked 35,479th in the world and 91st in Forest for Most Patriotic, with 23.04 Flags saluted per person per day.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 317thTop
Largest Retail Industry: 2,710thLargest Black Market: 8,296thMost Corrupt Governments: 9,611thMost Secular: 11,186thTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 12,890thMost Compassionate Citizens: 14,055thHighest Poor Incomes: 15,853rdHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 16,235thMost Inclusive: 17,122ndNicest Citizens: 19,076thLargest Agricultural Sector: 20,291st
Most Valuable International Artwork: 6th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 15th in the regionTop
Largest Black Market: 34th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 36th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 44th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 46th in the region

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