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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:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: Thaecia

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Giant Redwoods

Population4.862 billion

CapitalAmber
LeaderLord Oberon
FaithThe Way of the Shaddows

CurrencyTrumps
AnimalUnicorn

The Borderlands of Giant Redwoods is a massive, orderly nation, ruled by Lord Oberon with an iron fist, and remarkable for its avowedly heterosexual populace, smutty television, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 4.862 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 Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Amber. The average income tax rate is 70.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Giant Redwoodsian economy, worth a remarkable 1,296 trillion Trumps a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. Average income is an amazing 266,708 Trumps, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.4 times as much as the poorest.

Atheists on vacation find The Way of the Shaddows's scriptures make useful doorstops, new arrivals are asked the location of the Minister of the Interior's birthmark, dealers go from pushing drugs to pushing up daisies, and colonial subjects have Giant Redwoodsian culture shoved down their throats. 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 30,512th in the world and 96th in Thaecia for Largest Welfare Programs, scoring 2,567.17 on the Safety Net Mesh Density Rating.

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Most Corrupt Governments: 2,182ndLargest Black Market: 2,376thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 2,478thLargest Retail Industry: 2,550thHighest Poor Incomes: 2,691stHighest Average Incomes: 2,813thLargest Information Technology Sector: 2,979thMost Influential: 3,065thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,406thMost Beautiful Environments: 4,008thLargest Agricultural Sector: 4,081stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,172ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 4,300thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 4,524thMost Devout: 5,258thMost Scientifically Advanced: 5,278thMost Cultured: 5,472ndLowest Crime Rates: 5,680thMost Developed: 6,315thMost Efficient Economies: 6,334thMost Subsidized Industry: 7,100thLargest Governments: 7,870thBest Weather: 8,151stMost Advanced Defense Forces: 8,522ndSmartest Citizens: 8,626thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 8,924thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,382ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,457thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,745thTop
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Highest Disposable Incomes: 11,426thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 11,532ndMost Advanced Public Education: 12,466thHighest Economic Output: 12,692ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 13,349thMost Valuable International Artwork: 13,398thMost Advanced Public Transport: 13,797thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,854th
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Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionTop
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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 5th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 6th in the regionMost Cultured: 6th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 6th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 8th in the regionMost Devout: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 12th in the regionMost Developed: 14th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 14th in the regionLargest Governments: 16th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 16th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 16th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 17th in the regionTop
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Smartest Citizens: 18th in the regionMost Influential: 19th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 24th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 26th in the regionLargest Populations: 26th in the regionBest Weather: 26th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 26th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 28th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 34th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Giant Redwoods was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Giant Redwoods was endorsed by The Republic of Peabodia.
  • : Following new legislation in Giant Redwoods, colonial subjects have Giant Redwoodsian culture shoved down their throats.
  • : Following new legislation in Giant Redwoods, dealers go from pushing drugs to pushing up daisies.
  • : Giant Redwoods was reclassified from "Father Knows Best State" to "Iron Fist Consumerists".
  • : Following new legislation in Giant Redwoods, new arrivals are asked the location of the Minister of the Interior's birthmark.
  • : Following new legislation in Giant Redwoods, atheists on vacation find The Way of the Shaddows's scriptures make useful doorstops.
  • : Following new legislation in Giant Redwoods, people talk about things being better when men were men.
  • : Giant Redwoods endorsed The Kingdom of Novachrono.
  • : Following new legislation in Giant Redwoods, teenage male videogamers often suffer repetitive strain wrist injuries.

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