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The Borderlands of Giant Redwoods

“A child of Amber may walk among them, and such was my h” Lord Oberon

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Refugia

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Giant Redwoods

Population6.503 billion

CapitalAmber and Chaos
LeaderLord Oberon
FaithThe Way of the Shaddows

CurrencyJewel of Judgement
AnimalUnicorn

The Borderlands of Giant Redwoods is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Lord Oberon with an iron fist, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, zero percent divorce rate, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 6.503 billion Giant Redwoodsians 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, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Amber and Chaos. The average income tax rate is 90.6%.

The frighteningly efficient Giant Redwoodsian economy, worth a remarkable 2,270 trillion Jewels of Judgement a year, is mostly comprised of black market activity, especially in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Tourism, and Retail. Average income is an amazing 349,137 Jewels of Judgement, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.2 times as much as the poorest.

Libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars, citizens wishing to leave the country must surrender half their wealth to the government, the construction of massive skyscrapers seems to be the result of Giant Redwoods's mid-life crisis, and Lord Oberon always arrives fashionably late and smelling of mushrooms. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Giant Redwoods's national animal is the Unicorn, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is The Way of the Shaddows.

Giant Redwoods is ranked 5,194th in the world and 2nd in Refugia for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 6,334.51 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Largest Black Market: 1,004thMost Corrupt Governments: 1,185thHighest Average Incomes: 1,281stLargest Retail Industry: 1,400thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,710thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,744thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1,911thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,113thMost Armed: 2,334thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,397thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 2,485thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,752ndLowest Crime Rates: 2,825thMost Beautiful Environments: 2,839thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,922ndMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,190thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,275thMost Cultured: 3,729thMost Efficient Economies: 3,825thLargest Governments: 4,112thMost Developed: 4,160thMost Devout: 4,493rdHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,710thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,194thMost Advanced Public Education: 5,419thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5,439thLongest Average Lifespans: 5,581stSmartest Citizens: 5,677thMost Advanced Public Transport: 7,011thHighest Economic Output: 7,133rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 7,255thBest Weather: 7,580thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 8,549thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,641stHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,971stMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,049thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 14,943rdHealthiest Citizens: 16,111thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 18,225thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 20,475thMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,221st
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Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionTop
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Highest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 3rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionMost Devout: 5th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 6th in the regionLargest Populations: 7th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the regionMost Cultured: 7th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 9th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 12th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 13th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17th in the regionMost Conservative: 17th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 18th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 19th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 21st in the region

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