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The Empire of Wolfenium

“Heil dir im Siegerkranz”

Category: Father Knows Best State
Civil Rights:
Some
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Powerbroker

Location: SW Europe

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Wolfenium

Population22.023 billion

CapitalWolfsburg
LeaderKarl Franz von Wolfenstein
FaithReformed Titanism

Currencythaler
Animaleagle

The Empire of Wolfenium is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Karl Franz von Wolfenstein with an iron fist, and remarkable for its daily referendums, smutty television, and zero percent divorce rate. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 22.023 billion Wolfeners are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The relatively small, corrupt, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, although Industry, Education, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Welfare and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Wolfsburg. The average income tax rate is 53.5%.

The frighteningly efficient Wolfen economy, worth a remarkable 4,814 trillion thalers a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 218,614 thalers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.0 times as much as the poorest.

Stun grenade flashes and assault weapon fire form the expected nocturnal soundscape of Wolfenium, state-sanctioned torture is okay so long as there's no icky blood, spontaneous nocturnal decapitation is considered 'death by natural causes' for enemies of Wolfenium, and money always talks but the taboo subject of death just brings silence. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Wolfenium's national animal is the eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to toxic air pollution, and its national religion is Reformed Titanism.

Wolfenium is ranked 33,686th in the world and 1st in SW Europe for Most Armed, with 1.27 Weapons Per Person.

Top
1%
Largest Black Market: 848thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,699thHighest Economic Output: 1,746thTop
5%
Largest Mining Sector: 1,988thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,245thLargest Insurance Industry: 2,492ndLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,759thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,078thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,201stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,380thLargest Populations: 4,648thMost Avoided: 4,769thHighest Average Incomes: 4,859thMost Valuable International Artwork: 4,914thMost Corrupt Governments: 4,987thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5,972ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,129thLargest Retail Industry: 7,135thMost Devout: 7,791stHighest Poor Incomes: 8,333rdTop
10%
Largest Basket Weaving Sector: 9,415thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 9,652ndLargest Publishing Industry: 11,213thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,201stMost Subsidized Industry: 12,716thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 14,229thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,444thMost Efficient Economies: 14,848thLargest Governments: 15,099thLowest Crime Rates: 15,111thMost Developed: 15,707thMost Stationary: 16,095thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 16,366thMost Advanced Public Transport: 16,533rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 16,703rd
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10%
Largest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Wolfenium, money always talks but the taboo subject of death just brings silence.
  • : Following new legislation in Wolfenium, spontaneous nocturnal decapitation is considered 'death by natural causes' for enemies of Wolfenium.
  • : Following new legislation in Wolfenium, state-sanctioned torture is okay so long as there's no icky blood.
  • : Following new legislation in Wolfenium, stun grenade flashes and assault weapon fire form the expected nocturnal soundscape of Wolfenium.
  • : Following new legislation in Wolfenium, the government considers it a sacred duty to video bikini-clad beach swimmers.
  • : Following new legislation in Wolfenium, newspapers are running a front-page picture of Karl Franz von Wolfenstein holding a crowbar and standing over a bloodied stockbroker.
  • : Wolfenium was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Highest Economic Output.
  • : Wolfenium was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Largest Information Technology Sector.
  • : Wolfenium was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector and the Top 5% for Highest Poor Incomes.
  • : Following new legislation in Wolfenium, Wolfenium isn't what it used to be.

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