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Most Influential: 968thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,844thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,868th
The Union of
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Long live the Revolution
Karl Veers
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West Heisen

Population4.836 billion

LeaderKarl Veers

CurrencyHeisenian Mark
AnimalBlack Cat

The Union of West Heisen is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Karl Veers with an iron fist, and renowned for its zero percent divorce rate, infamous sell-swords, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 4.836 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. The average income tax rate is 67.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient West Heisenian economy, worth 744 trillion Heisenian Marks a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Retail, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 153,888 Heisenian Marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

Mandatory blunting of cutlery has increased the popularity of soup-based meals, ill and injured visitors in West Heisen have to walk it off until they return home, child labor has been outlawed, and kids are arrested at gunpoint for playing with toy rifles. 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 Black Cat, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

West Heisen is ranked 26,624th in the world and 102nd in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Most Advanced Public Education, scoring 5,929.24 on the Edu-tellignce® Test Score.

Most Influential: 968thTop
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,844thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3,868thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,284thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,290thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,492ndLargest Retail Industry: 5,353rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,514thMost Corrupt Governments: 7,069thLowest Crime Rates: 8,356thLargest Black Market: 8,458thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,323rdMost Avoided: 10,195thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,538thMost Developed: 11,551stTop
Most Authoritarian: 12,483rdMost Conservative: 13,068thHighest Average Incomes: 13,179thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,491stMost Scientifically Advanced: 17,615thMost Efficient Economies: 18,083rdLargest Governments: 19,715thSmartest Citizens: 19,786thLongest Average Lifespans: 22,420thMost Stationary: 22,742nd
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 4th in the regionMost Influential: 5th in the regionTop
Most Valuable International Artwork: 19th in the regionMost Stationary: 22nd in the region

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