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Most Influential: 1,734thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2,846thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,998th
The Grand Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
The Empire above all
Influence
Duckspeaker
Ministry of the Senate
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
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West Heisen

Population3.414 billion

CapitalAster
LeaderWalther D Garamond

CurrencyHeisenian Mark
AnimalGolden Eagle

The Grand Empire of West Heisen is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Walther D Garamond with an iron fist, and renowned for its enslaved workforce, irreverence towards religion, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.414 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 48.8%.

The frighteningly efficient West Heisenian economy, worth 558 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 rampant. Average income is an impressive 163,605 Heisenian Marks, but there is an enormous disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 860,472 per year while the poor average 16,604, a ratio of 51.8 to 1.

The nation is famous for having one of the world's largest Golden Eagle hunting institutions, the government merely sends empty platitudes whenever natural disasters strike foreign nations, justice is available only to those who can afford its price tag, and citizens have an obligation to remain silent and anything they say may be used against them. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a 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 203,972nd in the world and 334th in Confederation of Corrupt Dictators for Least Corrupt Governments, with 31.53 Percentage Of Bribes Refused.

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Most Influential: 1,734thTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 2,846thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,998thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,326thLargest Retail Industry: 4,520thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,579thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,870thMost Avoided: 4,893rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,032ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,080thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,166thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 5,607thLargest Black Market: 8,388thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,707thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 10,770thLowest Crime Rates: 10,894thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,384thLargest Insurance Industry: 12,647thMost Conservative: 12,750thLargest Information Technology Sector: 13,183rdMost Efficient Economies: 14,169thMost Developed: 15,299thLargest Mining Sector: 15,509thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 16,085thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 18,108thSmartest Citizens: 19,596thLargest Governments: 20,732nd
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3rd in the regionTop
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Most Influential: 5th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 24th in the regionMost Stationary: 34th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 35th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 37th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 39th in the region

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