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Largest Insurance Industry: 7,065th Most Conservative: 9,518th Fattest Citizens: 9,606th
The Oligarchical Matriarchy of
Corporate Police State
To soar with eagles, you have to learn to fly.
The Heathers
Influence
Handshaker
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Powerhouse
Political Freedom
Rare

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Westerburg High School

Population1.657 billion

Capitalthe cafeteria
LeaderThe Heathers

Currencyscrunchie
Animalfootball jocks

The Oligarchical Matriarchy of Westerburg High School is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by The Heathers with an iron fist, and notable for its frequent executions, avowedly heterosexual populace, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 1.657 billion Students are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Spirituality also on the agenda, while International Aid and Social Policy aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of the cafeteria. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 7.9%.

The powerhouse a student economy, worth 116 trillion scrunchies a year, is fairly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Door-to-door Insurance Sales, and Gambling. Average income is 70,007 scrunchies, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 203,080 per year while the poor average 19,112, a ratio of 10.6 to 1.

Police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom, the suicide rate mysteriously skyrockets during census years, weapons produced by newly nationalized armaments factories have been found to contain sawdust instead of gunpowder, and government officials frequently cut taxes as a distraction from antics with their secretaries. Crime is moderate, possibly because it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many regulations. Westerburg High School's national animal is the football jocks, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Westerburg High School is ranked 136,256th in the world and 4th in The Seventh Reich for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring -5.48 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

Top
5%
Largest Insurance Industry: 7,065thTop
10%
Most Conservative: 9,518thFattest Citizens: 9,606thMost Ignorant Citizens: 13,390thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,013thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 14,394th

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Westerburg High School was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Lowest Overall Tax Burden.
  • : Following new legislation in Westerburg High School, government officials frequently cut taxes as a distraction from antics with their secretaries.
  • : Westerburg High School's influence in The Seventh Reich rose from "Truckler" to "Handshaker".
  • : Following new legislation in Westerburg High School, weapons produced by newly nationalized armaments factories have been found to contain sawdust instead of gunpowder.
  • : Following new legislation in Westerburg High School, the suicide rate mysteriously skyrockets during census years.
  • : Westerburg High School was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector and Most Ignorant Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Westerburg High School, police drones follow every suspected Peeping Tom.
  • : Following new legislation in Westerburg High School, wood-framed catapults are ready to launch diseased corpses into besieged cities.
  • : Following new legislation in Westerburg High School, the country has unplugged its internet connection to prevent subversive content.
  • : Westerburg High School changed its national motto to "To soar with eagles, you have to learn to fly." and its nation type to "Oligarchical Matriarchy".

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