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Most Stationary: 20,621stMost Income Equality: 22,760thMost Influential: 23,658th
The Dieresis-Holy Empire of
Authoritarian Democracy
Lead by Our History, Leading Our Future
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Political Freedom

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Population8.757 billion

LeaderHannes II Rochus


The Dieresis-Holy Empire of Wochaystein is a colossal, safe nation, ruled by Hannes II Rochus with an even hand, and remarkable for its state-planned economy, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The democratic, devout population of 8.757 billion Wochaysteiners are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The large, moralistic, socially-minded government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Healthcare, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Zuidren. The average income tax rate is 51.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The large but sluggish Wochaysteiner economy, worth 217 trillion golds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, fairly diversified black market in Information Technology, Retail, Woodchip Exports, and Soda Sales. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 24,836 golds, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Christianity has been named as Wochaystein's national religion, forty-year-old men are asked for their ID before watching the latest pony cartoon movies, politicians suffer insomnia after a former small-town mayor released her searing bestseller 'Deboning Political Turkeys: Primed for Minister', and Maxtopian tourists make expensive pilgrimages to Zuidren to enjoy their national art. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Wochaystein's national animal is the shrew and its national religion is Christianity.

Wochaystein is ranked 61,602nd in the world and 2nd in Diarcesia for Most World Assembly Endorsements, with zero valid endorsements.

Most Stationary: 20,621stMost Income Equality: 22,760thMost Influential: 23,658thMost Conservative: 24,329th

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