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The Grand Duchy Duchy Dutch of Le Duche

“Where the great shall not be constrained by the small”

Category: Compulsory Consumerist State
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Flavian Amphitheatre


Le Duche

Population28.656 billion

LeaderRonald Grump


The Grand Duchy Duchy Dutch of Le Duche is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Ronald Grump with an iron fist, and remarkable for its pith helmet sales, keen interest in outer space, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 28.656 billion Le Duchies are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lindblum. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Le Duchean economy, worth an astonishing 23,804 trillion Grumps a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Gambling, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 830,682 Grumps, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 5,613,397 per year while the poor average 45,460, a ratio of 123 to 1.

Minority children spend hours bussing to schools miles away from home, a large percentage of the poor live from cradle to grave in subterranean wage slavery, tourists flock to see the giant stone carvings of Le Duche's historical leaders at Mount Rushless, and Pinkerton agents are called in to forcibly break up white collar strikes. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Le Duche's national animal is the Gryphon, which is also the nation's favorite main course.

Le Duche is ranked 7,990th in the world and 2nd in Flavian Amphitheatre for Most Pro-Market, scoring 90 on the Rand Index.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 8thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 9thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 11thHighest Disposable Incomes: 11thFattest Citizens: 14thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 14thLargest Insurance Industry: 18thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 22ndHighest Average Incomes: 23rdMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 29thHighest Economic Output: 39thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 42ndLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 42ndLargest Gambling Industry: 42ndLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 45thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 50thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 53rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 66thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 69thMost Avoided: 72ndLargest Mining Sector: 80thMost Corrupt Governments: 145thLargest Retail Industry: 169thMost Armed: 174thMost Secular: 217thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 242ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 280thLargest Agricultural Sector: 506thRudest Citizens: 758thLargest Publishing Industry: 941stLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,112thSmartest Citizens: 1,199thMost Efficient Economies: 1,678thTop
Largest Populations: 2,051stLargest Black Market: 3,511thLargest Governments: 3,820thGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 6,697thMost Pro-Market: 7,990thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 12,033rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,881st

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