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The Holy Empire of Open Towers

“May God will it”

Category: Capitalist Paradise
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: European Union

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Open Towers

Population692 million

CurrencyDucat
AnimalLynx

The Holy Empire of Open Towers is a huge, safe nation, notable for its barren, inhospitable landscape, multi-spousal wedding ceremonies, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic, devout population of 692 million Open Towersians are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it's difficult to tell which.

The relatively small, pro-business government juggles the competing demands of Education, Spirituality, and Welfare. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 8.9%.

The all-consuming Open Towersian economy, worth 72.1 trillion Ducats a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Retail, Book Publishing, and Automobile Manufacturing. Average income is an impressive 104,156 Ducats, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 343,465 per year while the poor average 23,642, a ratio of 14.5 to 1.

Citizens are arrested for naturally producing proteins, Jennifer Government is banned, scientists recently cloned the long-extinct feather-bellied Lynx, and the government is cutting back on the number of political prisoners executed each year. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Open Towers's national animal is the Lynx, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Open Towers is ranked 81,866th in the world and 78th in European Union for Most Influential, scoring 191 on the Soft Power Disbursement Rating.

Top
5%
Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 4,774thHighest Disposable Incomes: 7,051stMost Devout: 8,150thLargest Retail Industry: 8,338thMost Valuable International Artwork: 10,607thTop
10%
Most Pacifist: 12,157thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 13,787thMost Avoided: 13,833rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 17,160thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,391stLargest Insurance Industry: 19,207thLargest Information Technology Sector: 19,349thLargest Mining Sector: 19,573rd
Top
10%
Most Devout: 7th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 8th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 9th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 9th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 11th in the regionMost Avoided: 11th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 11th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 12th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Open Towers, the government is cutting back on the number of political prisoners executed each year.
  • : Open Towers was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Open Towers, scientists recently cloned the long-extinct feather-bellied Lynx.
  • : Following new legislation in Open Towers, Jennifer Government is banned.
  • : Following new legislation in Open Towers, citizens are arrested for naturally producing proteins.
  • : Following new legislation in Open Towers, polygraphs are relegated to the dungeon exhibit in castle museums.
  • : Following new legislation in Open Towers, electrocution deaths among computer technicians are at an all-time high.
  • : Open Towers was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Valuable International Artwork.
  • : Following new legislation in Open Towers, all artwork is carefully screened for offensive material.
  • : Following new legislation in Open Towers, hypochondriacs demand treatment for genetic disorders they don't have.

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