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The Kingdom of The Batavia Colony

“Eendracht maakt macht”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Few

Regional Influence: Vassal

Location: The Coalition of Democratic Nations

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The Batavia Colony

Population3.731 billion

CapitalBatavia
LeaderWillem VIII Holland-Nassau
FaithAthe´sm

CurrencyGulden
AnimalLion

The Kingdom of The Batavia Colony is a massive, safe nation, ruled by Willem VIII Holland-Nassau with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, compulsory military service, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 3.731 billion Batavians are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Batavia. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 27.5%.

The all-consuming Batavian economy, worth 414 trillion Guldens a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Woodchip Exports, and Book Publishing. Black market activity is frequent. Average income is an impressive 111,043 Guldens, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 357,728 per year while the poor average 26,088, a ratio of 13.7 to 1.

Many believe that Willem VIII Holland-Nassau's head is big enough for the sun to orbit around it, politicians stage photo ops featuring barely functional fighter jets, veterans in wheelchairs are left waist-deep in rice paddies to gather grain, and every new toxic waste dump comes with a seal of approval from the government's science advisor. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Batavia Colony's national animal is the Lion, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is Athe´sm.

The Batavia Colony is ranked 56,188th in the world and 11th in The Coalition of Democratic Nations for Highest Workforce Participation Rate, with 71.86 Workforce Participation Rate.

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Most Influential: 5,888thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6,453rdTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 8,208thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 8,843rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,796thHighest Disposable Incomes: 9,981stLargest Black Market: 11,391stMost Corrupt Governments: 12,008thMost Avoided: 12,271stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,709thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 14,633rd

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Endorsements Received: 5 » Prusswitonsiakekingkailand, Ascoobis, Paglaum, United Kingdom States, and The Unicrons.

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