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The Dictatorship of Northern Brotherhood of Steel

“Semper Invicta”

Category: Authoritarian Democracy
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Average

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus

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Northern Brotherhood of Steel

Population7.352 billion

CapitalAnchorage
LeaderMaxson

CurrencyCap
AnimalRadstag

The Dictatorship of Northern Brotherhood of Steel is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Maxson with an even hand, and remarkable for its public floggings, pith helmet sales, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 7.352 billion Brotherhood are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The large, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Law & Order, and Industry also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Welfare are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Anchorage. The average income tax rate is 91.9%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Brotherhood economy, worth a remarkable 1,074 trillion Caps 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 slick, highly efficient black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Tourism, 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 146,213 Caps, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Pre-takeoff checks last longer than the flights themselves, there's no cure or sympathy for the common cold, cogitators and mass debaters are skiving off work to hang around the National Symposium Park, and decaying farm hamlets have twice the representation of major urban areas. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Northern Brotherhood of Steel's national animal is the Radstag, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Northern Brotherhood of Steel is ranked 12,284th in the world and 720th in Lazarus for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 340.57 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

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Most Advanced Public Transport: 2,156thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,824thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,215thMost Influential: 4,000thLargest Black Market: 5,295thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,426thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,620thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,635thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 5,787thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6,211thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,456thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,914thMost Subsidized Industry: 6,918thLargest Governments: 7,450thLowest Crime Rates: 7,786thHealthiest Citizens: 7,891stTop
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Most Advanced Public Education: 9,175thMost Developed: 10,382ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 10,512thBest Weather: 11,875thMost Scientifically Advanced: 12,284thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,724thHighest Average Incomes: 13,357thHighest Economic Output: 13,472ndLongest Average Lifespans: 13,843rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14,870thLargest Information Technology Sector: 15,004thMost Efficient Economies: 15,574thMost Stationary: 15,894thMost Secular: 16,226th
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 105th in the regionMost Influential: 128th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 136th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 174th in the regionMost Stationary: 239th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 285th in the regionLargest Black Market: 332nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 355th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 368th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 370th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 373rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 386th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 389th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 410th in the regionLargest Governments: 440th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 459th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 500th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 545th in the regionMost Developed: 573rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 596th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 660th in the regionBest Weather: 700th in the region

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