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The Empire of The Greater Portuguese Confederation

“Geneva convention more like Geneva suggestion”

Category: Iron Fist Consumerists
Civil Rights:
Few
Economy:
Thriving
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Sprat

Location: the Pacific

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The Greater Portuguese Confederation

Population380 million

CapitalLisbon

Currencyshield
Animaliberian lynx

The Empire of The Greater Portuguese Confederation is a huge, orderly nation, remarkable for its complete lack of prisons, pith helmet sales, and compulsory gun ownership. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 380 million Portuguese 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, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Industry also on the agenda. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lisbon. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 41.3%.

The thriving Portuguese economy, worth 38.2 trillion shields a year, is quite specialized and dominated by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Trout Farming, and Tourism. Black market activity is extensive. Average income is an impressive 100,519 shields, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 352,696 per year while the poor average 20,781, a ratio of 17.0 to 1.

Possession of tomato seeds with intent to garden is a criminal offence, sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls, student athletes gaze forlornly at abandoned iberian lynxball fields, and the Grinder at Fat Sal's Deli and Recycling Center is a national institution. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Greater Portuguese Confederation's national animal is the iberian lynx.

The Greater Portuguese Confederation is ranked 166,565th in the world and 6,439th in the Pacific for Safest, scoring 33.76 on the Bubble-Rapp Safety Rating.

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Most Armed: 3,411thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 5,705thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 6,472ndLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 7,397thTop
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Most Corrupt Governments: 11,333rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,238thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14,145thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 14,545thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14,626thMost Secular: 18,980th
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Most Armed: 67th in the regionTop
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 168th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 176th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 325th in the regionTop
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Highest Wealthy Incomes: 386th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 392nd in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 401st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 425th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 455th in the regionLargest Black Market: 524th in the regionMost Secular: 616th in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 714th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 733rd in the region

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