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The Glorious Kingdom of Flanderlion

“Dale before all. Eliminate the non-believers.” Dale Flanderlion

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Outlawed
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Page

Location: the Pacific

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Flanderlion

Population14.423 billion

CapitalFlanderlion Fortress
LeaderDale Flanderlion
FaithDale Flanderlionianism

Currencydenarius
AnimalFlanderlion

The Glorious Kingdom of Flanderlion is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Dale Flanderlion with an iron fist, and renowned for its disturbing lack of elderly people, avowedly heterosexual populace, and anti-smoking policies. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 14.423 billion Flanderlionians 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 is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Administration, and Industry also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Flanderlion Fortress. The average income tax rate is 99.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Flanderlionian economy, worth an astonishing 10,328 trillion denarii 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 an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. 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 a breathtaking 716,135 denarii, but there is a large disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 3,281,470 per year while the poor average 95,009, a ratio of 34.5 to 1.

Citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow, students who refuse to pray are expelled from school, nations across the world are quick to praise Dale Flanderlion's good looks and intellectual prowess, and Tetris has been banned for its graphic violent content. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Flanderlion's national animal is the Flanderlion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Dale Flanderlionianism.

Flanderlion is ranked 66th in the world and 2nd in the Pacific for Highest Average Incomes, with 716,135.56 Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 24thMost Corrupt Governments: 25thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 37thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 48thHighest Average Incomes: 66thLargest Black Market: 68thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 111thLargest Insurance Industry: 119thMost Devout: 122ndLargest Mining Sector: 131stMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 146thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 148thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 172ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 188thMost Subsidized Industry: 222ndLargest Gambling Industry: 245thMost Ignorant Citizens: 280thLowest Crime Rates: 283rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 288thMost Efficient Economies: 304thLargest Agricultural Sector: 344thLargest Governments: 345thMost Avoided: 346thMost Valuable International Artwork: 347thHighest Economic Output: 391stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 998thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,088thRudest Citizens: 1,174thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,203rdLargest Retail Industry: 1,561stMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,600thTop
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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,534thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,092ndMost Conservative: 5,863rdTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 10,711thMost Stationary: 10,989thMost Influential: 11,904thMost Advanced Public Education: 14,291stLargest Populations: 14,584thHealthiest Citizens: 15,430thMost Authoritarian: 18,235thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 18,632nd
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Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 3rd in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 3rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionMost Devout: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 8th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 8th in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Avoided: 9th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 16th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 21st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 25th in the regionRudest Citizens: 29th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 30th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 30th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 33rd in the regionTop
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Largest Populations: 82nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 85th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 108th in the regionMost Stationary: 129th in the regionMost Influential: 144th in the regionMost Conservative: 241st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 302nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 311th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 377th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 419th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 628th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, Tetris has been banned for its graphic violent content.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, nations across the world are quick to praise Dale Flanderlion's good looks and intellectual prowess.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, students who refuse to pray are expelled from school.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, citizens living in underground cities have developed a healthy green glow.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, a government program is underway to revitalize Flanderlion's beaches.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, they who do not work shall not eat.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, the nation's leader is normally just referred to as "snuggle-wuggle-huggy-bear".
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, government statistics suggest 115% of the population love Dale Flanderlion.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, politicians have literally dirty hands from their extracurricular activities.
  • : Following new legislation in Flanderlion, bicyclists are banned from major roads.

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