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The Dictatorship of Northern Brotherhood of Steel

“Semper Invicta”

Category: Democratic Socialists
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Regional Influence: Squire

Location: Lazarus


Northern Brotherhood of Steel

Population8.937 billion



The Dictatorship of Northern Brotherhood of Steel is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Maxson with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, sprawling nuclear power plants, and ubiquitous missile silos. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 8.937 billion Brotherhood are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The enormous, corrupt government prioritizes Defense, although Education, Law & Order, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Welfare and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Anchorage. The average income tax rate is 92.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Brotherhood economy, worth a remarkable 1,458 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 large, well-organized 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 163,201 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 very 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 183,268th in the world and 6,783rd in Lazarus for Largest Trout Fishing Sector, scoring -6.2 on the Nemo Depletion Efficiency Index.

Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,432ndTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,345thLargest Black Market: 3,071stMost Influential: 3,302ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3,540thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,930thHighest Poor Incomes: 4,410thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 4,494thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 4,917thMost Subsidized Industry: 5,728thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6,098thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,123rdMost Advanced Public Education: 6,381stLongest Average Lifespans: 6,591stMost Corrupt Governments: 6,686thLargest Governments: 7,416thLowest Crime Rates: 7,781stHealthiest Citizens: 8,065thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,058thMost Developed: 9,419thTop
Best Weather: 10,629thHighest Average Incomes: 10,851stHighest Economic Output: 10,917thMost Beautiful Environments: 11,234thMost Scientifically Advanced: 11,996thLargest Information Technology Sector: 12,785thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 13,456thMost Stationary: 13,971stMost Efficient Economies: 16,205thSmartest Citizens: 16,641stMost Secular: 18,194thLargest Publishing Industry: 19,090th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 94th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 108th in the regionMost Influential: 118th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 158th in the regionLargest Black Market: 186th in the regionMost Stationary: 211th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 217th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 225th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 249th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 269th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 323rd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 343rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 346th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 359th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 368th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 370th in the regionTop
Largest Governments: 419th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 472nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 492nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 503rd in the regionMost Developed: 525th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 560th in the regionBest Weather: 616th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 634th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 656th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 706th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 738th in the region

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