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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,566th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,159th Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,191st
The Grand Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
The Empire above all
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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West Heisen

Population1.26 billion

CapitalAster
LeaderWalther D Garamond

CurrencyHeisenian Mark
AnimalGolden Eagle

The Grand Empire of West Heisen is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Walther D Garamond with an iron fist, and remarkable for its frequent executions, zero percent divorce rate, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 1.26 billion West Heisenians 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 medium-sized, 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 Aster. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 40.2%.

The frighteningly efficient West Heisenian economy, worth 176 trillion Heisenian Marks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 139,736 Heisenian Marks, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 517,197 per year while the poor average 26,591, a ratio of 19.4 to 1.

The government spends more on chasing distant comets than on basic infrastructure, a faint smell of body odour can be detected at several miles' distance from the National Science Park, the nation has learned that pulling out is messy, and pet owners make sure their dogs wear diapers. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. West Heisen's national animal is the Golden Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution.

West Heisen is ranked 120,540th in the world and 434th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 57.59 Workforce Participation Rate.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,566thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,159thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 4,191stMost Influential: 4,688thMost Avoided: 4,697thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,759thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 4,786thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,062ndMost Corrupt Governments: 5,212thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 5,620thLargest Retail Industry: 5,682ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,333rdTop
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Most Conservative: 7,693rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,181stLargest Black Market: 13,313thLowest Crime Rates: 13,584thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 14,307thHighest Average Incomes: 14,594th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 36th in the regionMost Influential: 51st in the region

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