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The Imperial Kaiserreich of Islands of Washington

“Fight for your Honor, Live for the Virtue you create.” Ikumi Mayuko

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Powerhouse
Political Freedoms:
Outlawed

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: The North Pacific

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Islands of Washington

Population5.1 billion

CapitalSkasettchester
LeaderIkumi Mayuko
FaithBuddhism

CurrencyYen
AnimalEagle

The Imperial Kaiserreich of Islands of Washington is a colossal, orderly nation, ruled by Ikumi Mayuko with an iron fist, and notable for its multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, ubiquitous missile silos, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 5.1 billion Washtopians 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 relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order also on the agenda, while Social Policy and International Aid are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Skasettchester. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 27.8%.

The powerhouse Washtopian economy, worth 572 trillion Yen a year, is broadly diversified and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Gambling, Uranium Mining, and Woodchip Exports. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 112,185 Yen, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 359,102 per year while the poor average 26,604, a ratio of 13.5 to 1.

Main battle tanks stalk the woods of Islands of Washington in search of Eagles, cotton candy made from genuine cotton cellulose doesn't quite satisfy, the police think a properly conducted criminal investigation is a real pain, and extraordinary rendition is nothing out of the ordinary. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force. Islands of Washington's national animal is the Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Buddhism.

Islands of Washington is ranked 118,719th in the world and 5,190th in The North Pacific for Rudest Citizens, with 48 Insults Per Minute.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 2,799thLargest Gambling Industry: 4,027thMost Valuable International Artwork: 5,211thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6,363rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,582ndLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,647thMost Avoided: 7,788thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8,896thHighest Disposable Incomes: 10,202ndTop
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Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,027thLargest Black Market: 11,258thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,292ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,369thLargest Mining Sector: 12,779thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17,412thMost Stationary: 20,329th
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 132nd in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 152nd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 249th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 264th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 282nd in the regionMost Avoided: 289th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 326th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 408th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 429th in the regionLargest Black Market: 432nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 467th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 473rd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 474th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 488th in the regionMost Stationary: 503rd in the regionTop
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Most Armed: 612th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 719th in the regionNudest: 834th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 966th in the regionLargest Populations: 1,013th in the region

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