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The Republic of Drusselstein

“Fortune favors the bold”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Unheard Of
Political Freedoms:

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population7.242 billion

LeaderPresident Edmund Hawthorne


The Republic of Drusselstein is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by President Edmund Hawthorne with an iron fist, and renowned for its national health service, daily referendums, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 7.242 billion Drusselsteinians 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 large, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Gimmelshtump. The average income tax rate is 94.3%.

The frighteningly efficient Drusselsteinian economy, worth a remarkable 1,437 trillion pounds a year, is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 198,470 pounds, with the richest citizens earning 8.8 times as much as the poorest.

War criminals are given full state funerals, an enormous health awareness programme is underway, sniffer dogs are trained to follow clouds of fruity-smelling vapor, and jaywalking is punishable by public flogging. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Drusselstein's national animal is the ermine, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Drusselstein is ranked 53,061st in the world and 2,467th in The North Pacific for Most Extreme, scoring 26 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 676thMost Influential: 935thMost Valuable International Artwork: 1,747thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,876thMost Devout: 1,908thTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,153rdMost Corrupt Governments: 2,299thLowest Crime Rates: 2,419thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 2,664thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,676thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,872ndLargest Black Market: 4,081stMost Subsidized Industry: 4,255thMost Efficient Economies: 4,332ndLongest Average Lifespans: 4,430thHealthiest Citizens: 4,688thLargest Governments: 5,027thHighest Average Tax Rates: 5,258thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,282ndMost Developed: 5,667thLargest Publishing Industry: 5,744thBest Weather: 5,787thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6,295thMost Beautiful Environments: 6,329thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6,443rdHighest Average Incomes: 6,456thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,924thMost Armed: 7,621stMost Advanced Public Education: 8,469thSmartest Citizens: 8,806thMost Scientifically Advanced: 9,056thMost Advanced Public Transport: 9,418thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,971stMost Cultured: 10,074thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,267thTop
Highest Economic Output: 11,117thLargest Welfare Programs: 13,545thMost Conservative: 17,953rdMost Authoritarian: 18,868th
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 73rd in the regionMost Devout: 80th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 90th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 92nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 101st in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 121st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 123rd in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 140th in the regionLargest Black Market: 149th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 188th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 192nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 222nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 242nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 245th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 250th in the regionLargest Governments: 256th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 260th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 270th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 273rd in the regionMost Armed: 276th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 302nd in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 320th in the regionBest Weather: 326th in the regionMost Developed: 334th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 341st in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 345th in the regionMost Influential: 348th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 364th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 369th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 416th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 442nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 483rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 498th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 498th in the regionMost Cultured: 502nd in the regionTop
Most Stationary: 542nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 566th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 600th in the regionLargest Populations: 694th in the region

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