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Largest Mining Sector: 1,762ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,767thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,039th
The Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
Work, Fatherland, Family
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population14.318 billion

LeaderAlicia Brightflame


The Empire of Woodstovia is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Alicia Brightflame with an iron fist, and renowned for its ban on automobiles, parental licensing program, and public floggings. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.318 billion Woodstovians 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 Law & Order, Defense, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Damocles. The average income tax rate is 72.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Woodstovian economy, worth a remarkable 2,810 trillion Krachvics a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Uranium Mining, Woodchip Exports, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 196,306 Krachvics, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.9 times as much as the poorest.

Long-wed spouses often regret proposals they made when they were twenty, the military is on a massive recruiting drive in advance of an invasion of Brasilistan, homeowners are evicted to make way for new runways, and oracles predict landslide victories for Alicia Brightflame for the next 50 years. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Woodstovia's national animal is the Snake, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Staleech.

Woodstovia is ranked 23,332nd in the world and 1,212th in Osiris for Highest Average Tax Rates, with 72.67 Effective Tax Rate.

Largest Mining Sector: 1,762ndLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1,767thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,039thTop
Most Ignorant Citizens: 2,291stLargest Black Market: 2,524thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,612thMost Primitive: 3,769thHighest Economic Output: 4,675thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,715thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,985thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,032ndLowest Crime Rates: 5,067thMost Devout: 5,932ndMost Conservative: 6,615thMost Avoided: 6,632ndHighest Average Incomes: 6,650thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,772ndHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 6,799thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,395thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,597thTop
Largest Governments: 10,427thHighest Poor Incomes: 10,763rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 11,971stLargest Retail Industry: 12,439thLargest Gambling Industry: 12,481stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,750thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 12,795thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 13,340thMost Authoritarian: 14,277thLargest Populations: 15,248thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 18,860thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 19,194thMost Subsidized Industry: 20,141st
Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 91st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 97th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 104th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 133rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 139th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 139th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 181st in the regionMost Conservative: 183rd in the regionMost Primitive: 197th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 239th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 259th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 264th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 278th in the regionMost Devout: 293rd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 302nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 340th in the regionTop
Most Avoided: 393rd in the regionLargest Populations: 398th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 430th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 483rd in the regionMost Authoritarian: 500th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 513th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 528th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 549th in the regionLargest Governments: 581st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 600th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 604th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 610th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 630th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 644th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 646th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Woodstovia's influence in Osiris rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Woodstovia's influence in Osiris rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Woodstovia's influence in Osiris rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".
  • : Woodstovia's influence in Osiris rose from "Zero" to "Unproven".
  • : Woodstovia altered its national flag.
  • : Woodstovia was refounded in Osiris.
  • : Woodstovia ceased to exist in Osiris.
  • : Woodstovia was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Highest Average Tax Rates.
  • : Woodstovia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Retail Industry.
  • : Woodstovia was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Highest Poor Incomes and Largest Governments.


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