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The Grand Duchy of Greater Conexus

“Pride in Industry”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Duckspeaker

Location: Thaecia

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Greater Conexus

Population1.195 billion

Currencysignet
Animalbat

The Grand Duchy of Greater Conexus is a massive, orderly nation, renowned for its museums and concert halls, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and otherworldly petting zoo. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 1.195 billion Conexians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Administration. The average income tax rate is 72.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Greater Conexusian economy, worth 207 trillion signets 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 a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. 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 an impressive 173,594 signets, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.0 times as much as the poorest.

Schools have extensive counseling programs for troubled students, the regional delicacy of chocolate bombes is deadlier than an unexploded bomb, you need two tenors and a coloratura contralto to sing the national anthem properly, and workers tend to schedule naps during all-hands meetings. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Greater Conexus's national animal is the bat, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Greater Conexus is ranked 10,142nd in the world and 12th in Thaecia for Most Cultured, scoring 109 on the Snufflebottom-Wiggendum Pentatonic Scale.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,030thMost Influential: 3,192ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 3,952ndHighest Poor Incomes: 5,635thMost Corrupt Governments: 6,139thMost Scientifically Advanced: 6,614thMost Secular: 6,871stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,936thHealthiest Citizens: 8,246thLowest Crime Rates: 8,449thTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 8,586thLargest Agricultural Sector: 8,836thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 9,449thMost Cultured: 10,142ndMost Developed: 10,320thSmartest Citizens: 10,783rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 10,928thLargest Information Technology Sector: 10,998thLargest Black Market: 12,197thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 12,472ndLargest Governments: 12,551stMost Efficient Economies: 12,660thLargest Publishing Industry: 12,788thMost Advanced Public Education: 13,161stLargest Retail Industry: 13,527thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,044thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14,322ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,062nd
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Most Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Influential: 8th in the regionLargest Black Market: 8th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 9th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 11th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 12th in the regionMost Cultured: 12th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 15th in the regionMost Secular: 16th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 16th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 16th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 16th in the regionMost Stationary: 22nd in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 24th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 24th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 25th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 25th in the regionLargest Governments: 27th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 27th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 28th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 28th in the regionMost Developed: 28th in the region

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