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Most Devout: 3,399thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,731stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,191st
The Protestant Commonwealth of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Glaube, Freiheit, Vaterland
Influence
Squire
Civil Rights
Outlawed
Economy
All-Consuming
Political Freedom
Few

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Westraliane

Population2.995 billion

CapitalSocostadt
LeaderQueen Victoria von Gardmark
FaithProtestantism

CurrencyReichsmark
AnimalBlack Swan

The Protestant Commonwealth of Westraliane is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Queen Victoria von Gardmark with an iron fist, and remarkable for its triple-decker prams, enslaved workforce, and avowedly heterosexual populace. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, devout population of 2.995 billion Westralians 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 relatively small, corrupt, moralistic government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Spirituality, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Socostadt. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 10.0%.

The all-consuming Western economy, worth 312 trillion Reichsmarks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Book Publishing, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is notable. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 104,406 Reichsmarks, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 683,442 per year while the poor average 6,267, a ratio of 109 to 1.

Parents are really careful to pick the right gun for their kids' birthdays, children who believe in the tooth fairy are frequently shipped off to Bigtopia, toddler groups haven taken over local libraries, and toxic smog is dismissed as the populace just "letting off steam". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Westraliane's national animal is the Black Swan, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Protestantism.

Westraliane is ranked 49,978th in the world and 21st in Federation of Conservative Nations for Most Pro-Market, scoring 59.89 on the Rand Index.

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Most Devout: 3,399thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 3,731stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,191stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,317thMost Conservative: 6,011thLargest Insurance Industry: 6,286thMost Armed: 7,085thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,482ndLargest Mining Sector: 7,731stTop
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Most Avoided: 10,855thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,488thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 13,063rdLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,370thMost Corrupt Governments: 14,883rdLargest Publishing Industry: 18,789th
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Largest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionTop
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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionMost Conservative: 2nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3rd in the region

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