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The Empire of Habsburg-Lorriane

“Power without a nation's confidence is nothing.”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific

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Habsburg-Lorriane

Population1.447 billion

CapitalSaint Petersburg
LeaderLex Luthor

CurrencyPound Sterling
AnimalEagle

The Empire of Habsburg-Lorriane is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Lex Luthor with an iron fist, and notable for its smutty television, sprawling nuclear power plants, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.447 billion Habsburg-Lorrianeans 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 large, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Saint Petersburg. The average income tax rate is 70.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Habsburg-Lorrianean economy, worth 164 trillion Pound Sterlings a year, is quite specialized and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 113,413 Pound Sterlings, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.1 times as much as the poorest.

The nation leads The East Pacific in per capita stalking, the nation was recently voted as the most stylish in The East Pacific, conductors wield diamond-encrusted batons to fit in with their freshly gilded surroundings, and government agents stalk the aisles of grocery stores for out-of-stock medications. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Habsburg-Lorriane's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Habsburg-Lorriane is ranked 20,925th in the world and 756th in The East Pacific for Most Cheerful Citizens, with 52.91 Percentage Of Water Glasses Perceived Half-Full.

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 3,355thMost Influential: 4,287thTop
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Largest Publishing Industry: 11,904thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 11,995thMost Cultured: 13,112thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 13,456thMost Efficient Economies: 18,288thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 18,484thMost Advanced Public Education: 18,527thHighest Poor Incomes: 18,897thHighest Drug Use: 19,024thHealthiest Citizens: 19,406thMost Subsidized Industry: 19,471stMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 20,225th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 216th in the regionMost Influential: 286th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 296th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 316th in the regionMost Cultured: 339th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 352nd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 383rd in the regionTop
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Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 407th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 485th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 527th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 539th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 557th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 581st in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 584th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 587th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 591st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 594th in the regionLargest Governments: 596th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 617th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 644th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 654th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 672nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 678th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 708th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 731st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 738th in the regionMost Developed: 739th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 756th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 761st in the region

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