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The Stratocratic Republic of Greater Bastion

“Service Guarantees Freedom!” Premier Eckard

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
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Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Federation of Conservative Nations


Greater Bastion

Population2.103 billion

CapitalNew Gloria
LeaderPremier Eckard


The Stratocratic Republic of Greater Bastion is a massive, efficient nation, ruled by Premier Eckard with an iron fist, and remarkable for its ubiquitous missile silos, pith helmet sales, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 2.103 billion Bastonians 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, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Gloria. The average income tax rate is 90.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Bastonian economy, worth 413 trillion marks a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Automobile Manufacturing, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 196,445 marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

The government has an entire department dedicated to staring at microscopes and writing down letters, giant no-kill traps baited with Bapst Red Ribbon and vintage bicycles have been popping up in back alleys nationwide, literature classes frequently go on field trips to rock concerts, and politicians spend more time in courtrooms than in Parliament. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Greater Bastion's national animal is the Lynx, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Atheism.

Greater Bastion is ranked 98,066th in the world and 157th in Federation of Conservative Nations for Most Average, scoring 35.71 on the Average Standardized Normality Scale.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 3,009thLargest Information Technology Sector: 3,270thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 3,280thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,380thMost Scientifically Advanced: 3,394thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,507thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,625thMost Corrupt Governments: 3,788thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,099thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,154thMost Efficient Economies: 4,433rdLowest Crime Rates: 4,506thMost Developed: 4,553rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,623rdMost Advanced Public Education: 5,820thLargest Governments: 6,269thHighest Average Incomes: 6,420thLongest Average Lifespans: 6,438thSmartest Citizens: 6,729thHealthiest Citizens: 7,168thLargest Black Market: 7,180thHighest Average Tax Rates: 7,401stMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 7,867thTop
Most Secular: 10,444thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,740thMost Cultured: 11,114thMost Influential: 14,196thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 14,807thLargest Retail Industry: 15,527thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,685thRudest Citizens: 17,719th
Highest Average Tax Rates: 3rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 6th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionLargest Governments: 7th in the regionMost Developed: 7th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 8th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 8th in the regionMost Secular: 9th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 9th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 10th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 12th in the regionTop
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 13th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 15th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 16th in the regionLargest Black Market: 17th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 17th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 19th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 22nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 24th in the region

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