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The Duchy of Retz

“Kentoc'h mervel eget bezań saotret”

Category: Moralistic Democracy
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: the Pacific

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Retz

Population4.343 billion

CapitalPornic
LeaderDuke Athanase Aaryn de Retz
FaithRoman Catholicism

CurrencyRetzian Pound
AnimalStoat

The Duchy of Retz is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by Duke Athanase Aaryn de Retz with an even hand, and remarkable for its aversion to nipples, avant-garde cinema, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, devout population of 4.343 billion Retzians are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Defense, and Education. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Pornic. The average income tax rate is 29.0%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The strong Retzian economy, worth 297 trillion Retzian Pounds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Automobile Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Book Publishing. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 68,615 Retzian Pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.8 times as much as the poorest.

A five-year-old and a convicted terrorist can sit alongside one another in jury service, the last thing Retzian soldiers hear before charging into battle is a preacher trying to convert them, drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking, and you need a signed affidavit from a registered psychiatrist to claim that you have crazy low prices. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Retz's national animal is the Stoat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Retz is ranked 101,933rd in the world and 847th in the Pacific for Largest Black Market, with 462 billion Standard Monetary Units.

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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5,201stMost Devout: 7,727th
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 68th in the regionMost Devout: 149th in the regionTop
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Most Stationary: 444th in the regionMost Influential: 453rd in the regionLargest Populations: 506th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 632nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Retz, you need a signed affidavit from a registered psychiatrist to claim that you have crazy low prices.
  • : Following new legislation in Retz, drills and shovels have been banned as the government cracks down on any means of fracking.
  • : Following new legislation in Retz, the last thing Retzian soldiers hear before charging into battle is a preacher trying to convert them.
  • : Following new legislation in Retz, a five-year-old and a convicted terrorist can sit alongside one another in jury service.
  • : Following new legislation in Retz, prison libraries are being replaced with interrogation chambers.
  • : Following new legislation in Retz, the full title of Hon Duke Athanase Aaryn de Retz Vcte Mgve MF DRLM GCRE runs to several pages.
  • : Following new legislation in Retz, a firework a day does not in fact keep the doctor away.
  • : Following new legislation in Retz, Retz Barrier Island residents anxiously await their 'Bridge to Somewhere'.
  • : Following new legislation in Retz, balaclava manufacturers are held criminally culpable for bank heists.
  • : Following new legislation in Retz, charities reserve the right to not help those who go against religious teachings.

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