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The Republic of Drusselstein

“Ready for all, yielding to none”

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

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The North Pacific



Population5.665 billion

LeaderPresident-elect Edmund Hawthorne


The Republic of Drusselstein is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by President-elect Edmund Hawthorne with an iron fist, and notable for its pith helmet sales, sprawling nuclear power plants, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 5.665 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 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 90.8%.

The frighteningly efficient Drusselsteinian economy, worth 924 trillion florins a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 163,130 florins, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.8 times as much as the poorest.

The government seizes the property of the recently deceased, glittering new sports stadiums adorn every city and town, crocodile roadkill is smeared across the asphalt of the new Formula One track, and as dissatisfaction with the system waxes the only things to be sure of are death and taxes. 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 lion, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Christianity.

Drusselstein is ranked 161,591st in the world and 8,427th in The North Pacific for Most Extensive Civil Rights, with 10.54 Martin Luther King, Jr. Units.

Most World Assembly Endorsements: 575thMost Influential: 973rdTop
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1,820thMost Devout: 2,250thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,638thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,922ndMost Corrupt Governments: 3,105thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,449thLowest Crime Rates: 3,451stLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4,077thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,136thLargest Governments: 6,824thHealthiest Citizens: 6,922ndLargest Publishing Industry: 7,083rdMost Efficient Economies: 7,128thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,274thMost Conservative: 7,476thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 7,490thMost Developed: 8,200thBest Weather: 8,270thTop
Most Beautiful Environments: 9,140thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,249thHighest Average Incomes: 10,060thLongest Average Lifespans: 10,263rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 10,933rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 10,961stMost Cultured: 12,367thSmartest Citizens: 13,429thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,492ndLargest Information Technology Sector: 14,873rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 14,946thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,326thHighest Economic Output: 15,797thLargest Welfare Programs: 16,572nd
Most Politically Apathetic Citizens: 64th in the regionTop
Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 93rd in the regionMost Devout: 100th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 102nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 111th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 129th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 164th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 166th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 252nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 259th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 286th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 331st in the regionLargest Governments: 354th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 356th in the regionMost Influential: 363rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 380th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 399th in the regionMost Conservative: 414th in the regionTop
Best Weather: 451st in the regionMost Developed: 470th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 475th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 479th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 501st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 504th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 506th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 546th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 599th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 600th in the regionMost Cultured: 613th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 622nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 723rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 724th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 725th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 726th in the regionMost Stationary: 733rd in the regionLargest Populations: 776th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 785th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 819th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Drusselstein, as dissatisfaction with the system waxes the only things to be sure of are death and taxes.
  • : Drusselstein lodged a message on the The North Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in Drusselstein, crocodile roadkill is smeared across the asphalt of the new Formula One track.
  • : Following new legislation in Drusselstein, glittering new sports stadiums adorn every city and town.
  • : Following new legislation in Drusselstein, the government seizes the property of the recently deceased.
  • : Drusselstein was endorsed by The Queendom of Eravonia.
  • : Following new legislation in Drusselstein, RPG fans reminisce fondly about when people thought they were evil and dangerous rather than geeky and socially inept.
  • : Following new legislation in Drusselstein, only fully-fledged members of MENSA are allowed to vote.
  • : Following new legislation in Drusselstein, teachers prefer to give 'Maybe, Maybe Not' tests when dealing with sensitive subjects.
  • : Following new legislation in Drusselstein, the jackhammer is considered a tool of artistic criticism.


World Assembly

Endorsements Received: 198 » Alunya, Kuveria, Ninjak30, Sunto, Territorio di Nessuno, Corfad, Kwaj, Omnistria, El Fiji Grande, Notyoutopia, The Rhein States, Cloydicia, Shibutani, Sinelona, Siwale, Shin-Hachioji, Diodone, Steraz, Yaorozu, Ozstan, Federation Terra Australis, Guer Aike, Selfgradatude, Great Bights Mum, Sundred, Dreadton, Koda-Land, Dar es Saalam, Newpromisedland, Eri-Maqa-Ena, Ainsworth, Kasazzastan, Frances Francis the First of France, Bearical, Black Templares, General COE, Shadowrik, Unsophisticate, The Sinclarian Provinces, Pasargad, Atain, Malta Comino Gozo, Lunallian, Napnomadia, United Draconia, North Bratislava, Spartoptia, Wineclaw, Outer Egorniand, New Pruessen, and 148 others.Buckerino, New Bremerton, Ethnon, Holy Oranz, Zemnaya Svoboda, PlanetPunk, Humptalumpta, Pallaith, Joodey, Sil Dorsett, Wilkshire, Amauri, Partax, Niradans, Maott, The Iron Lions, Vincone Cae, Q w e r t y, Votak Matim, Egalico, Solmetria, Acrabinnia, Torakuen, Warsaw-Halicz, Kulgatha, Fayyayid, Guslantis, Saturns Edge, Ibiscaton, Misuvelia, Yummy Blubber, Orven, Jasminlandia, Plangainer, Steampunk Ariel, Sea Ghost, Trillius, Haor Chall, Angwayster, Xandarnia, Unimaginable Doom, Astronomical, Victoriaans Nederlands, Valhalla123, Amerian States, Rkainjel, Aratani, Nakayo, 1 very fast endotarter, Longsword01, Ikea Rike, Legendsland, Moubarakistan, British Pacific Islands, Loutsland, Republic of New Atlantis, Destructive Government Endorsing System, Noahs Second Country, Former English Colony, Test for a new hope, GRANDE IMPERIO ORIENTAL PAGAO EUDUARDO, Antityranicals, Elder Realms, Constantinolia, Xentherida, Makersaulache, Astrind, Moisus, Zumlandia, Glurponia, Kobagia, Pleroma Sans Romans, Xzavia-Hjar, Abject Ludicrosity, SORT, Utopicican, Wisconsota, Orado, Sockmanland, Ostrolia, Runeda, Cuyan, Penrith, Daiz, Lindsaystan, Seenvorland, Concordare, Juggernautilus, Zeternia, The Tampa Bay Rays, Tamgu, New Octicarg, Lanterkint, Kenatara, Vernest Quill, Duerrlewang, McMasterdonia, Fizban, Styrica, The Stratosphere Islands, Miruma, Delmak, Ponantine, Faircliff, Racoda, Tellavinna, Calsolato, Nordic-British Union, Solskjar, The Nation that will win Soops for 9003, Gnomewatchers, Potestasia, Loli County, Yewbow, Eteles, Avenged Sevenfoldia, Asintion, Serendipita Martia, Federalania, Prevaland, Nothru Lerple, Altamonte, PotatoFarmers, Clan Spaniel, Angshire, United Kahndaq, Germanic Araya, Neworva, Kranostav, Xagill, Yukti, Idumetala, Lantidor, Pazair, Phoeba, Empy, Viridiann, Daymonskinner, Dabarastan, Ereena, Brevada, Zyvetskistaahn, Afcon, Parmovand, Eraver, Fraguale Cothe, Trusseia, and Eravonia.

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