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The Grand Duchy of Saxmere

“Saorsa, Creideamh agus Ceartas”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Average
Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: Western Atlantic

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Saxmere

Population17.268 billion

CapitalUmbra
LeaderGrand Duke James
FaithRoman Catholicism

CurrencyAtlantic Ducat
Animalfeathered penguine

The Grand Duchy of Saxmere is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Grand Duke James with an even hand, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, strictly enforced bedtime, and anti-smoking policies. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful, devout population of 17.268 billion Saxmereans 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 enormous government juggles the competing demands of Spirituality, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Umbra. The average income tax rate is 66.7%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The strong Saxmerean economy, worth 960 trillion Atlantic Ducats a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Pizza Delivery. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 55,617 Atlantic Ducats, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The mining industry is making inroads into environmentally sensitive areas, the government is notorious for leaving citizens with almost nothing from their inheritance, the government is phasing in welfare programmes to tackle poverty, and corporations donate huge sums of money to favored politicians. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Saxmere's national animal is the feathered penguine, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Roman Catholicism.

Saxmere is ranked 88,859th in the world and 16th in Western Atlantic for Largest Cheese Export Sector, scoring 1,307.63 on the Mozzarella Productivity Index.

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Most Cheerful Citizens: 2,975thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 4,381stMost Devout: 7,886thNicest Citizens: 7,989thLargest Populations: 8,285thTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 10,839thMost Pacifist: 11,947thHighest Economic Output: 16,671st
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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 2nd in the region

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