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The Empire of Pullenstein

“Death before dishonour!”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Lazarus



Population35.342 billion

CapitalPullenstein City


The Empire of Pullenstein is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and notable for its keen interest in outer space, frequent executions, and absence of drug laws. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 35.342 billion Pullensteinians have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The minute, corrupt government, or what there is of one, is effectively ruled by the Department of Education, with Defense also on the agenda, while Spirituality and Social Policy receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pullenstein City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Pullensteinian economy, worth an astonishing 12,244 trillion marks a year, is quite specialized and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Tourism, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is extensive. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 346,467 marks, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 3.1 times as much as the poorest.

Funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals, more and more students are taking up a career in medicine, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars, and teenage male videogamers often suffer repetitive strain wrist injuries. Crime is totally unknown. Pullenstein's national animal is the tiger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Pullenstein is ranked 15,996th in the world and 935th in Lazarus for Most Corrupt Governments, with 59.54 Kickbacks Per Hour.

Largest Agricultural Sector: 8thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 22ndMost Secular: 115thLargest Populations: 126thHighest Economic Output: 204thHighest Disposable Incomes: 376thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 389thSmartest Citizens: 480thMost Scientifically Advanced: 505thLargest Information Technology Sector: 570thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 616thLargest Black Market: 655thLargest Publishing Industry: 707thMost Beautiful Environments: 945thHighest Average Incomes: 946thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 1,054thMost Efficient Economies: 1,122ndMost Developed: 1,173rdHighest Poor Incomes: 1,303rdLongest Average Lifespans: 1,561stRudest Citizens: 1,664thTop
Largest Cheese Export Sector: 2,414thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 2,587thLargest Retail Industry: 3,759thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,200thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,265thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,558thMost Stationary: 5,537thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,165thTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 10,622ndMost Influential: 11,199thNudest: 12,510thHighest Drug Use: 15,993rdMost Corrupt Governments: 15,996thMost Advanced Public Education: 16,662nd
Largest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Populations: 3rd in the regionHighest Economic Output: 5th in the regionMost Secular: 6th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 14th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 15th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 16th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 20th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 21st in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 25th in the regionLargest Black Market: 33rd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 34th in the regionMost Developed: 36th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 39th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 48th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 50th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 52nd in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 63rd in the regionRudest Citizens: 70th in the regionMost Stationary: 102nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 112th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 120th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 186th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 193rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 232nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 240th in the regionMost Influential: 274th in the regionTop
Largest Manufacturing Sector: 347th in the regionNudest: 483rd in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 486th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 514th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, teenage male videogamers often suffer repetitive strain wrist injuries.
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, libraries are now installed with jacuzzis and mini-bars.
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, more and more students are taking up a career in medicine.
  • : Pullenstein was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Advanced Public Education.
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, funeral directors are frequently looking at their watches during funerals.
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, country folk are sent to obligatory boarding schools to learn how to be civilized.
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, new safety regulations require all cars manufactured in Pullenstein to be bombproof.
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, the question of 'what is Leader's favorite color?' has been given a priority rating of burnt-orange.
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, ships no longer sail as no one wants to encounter Pullensteinian pirates.
  • : Following new legislation in Pullenstein, military spending is on the increase.


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