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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

Population23.314 billion

CapitalWolfsburg
LeaderKarl Franz von Wolfenstein
FaithReformed Titanism

Currencythaler
Animaleagle

The Empire of Wolfenium is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Karl Franz von Wolfenstein with an iron fist, and notable for its daily referendums, frequent executions, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 23.314 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 are ignored. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Wolfsburg. The average income tax rate is 53.4%.

The frighteningly efficient Wolfen economy, worth a remarkable 5,109 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 219,146 thalers, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 4.0 times as much as the poorest.

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, money always talks but the taboo subject of death just brings silence, and the hills are alive with the smell of burning flesh. 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 187,602nd in the world and 8th in SW Europe for Lowest Overall Tax Burden, scoring -20.83 on the Hayek Index.

Top
1%
Largest Black Market: 936thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,647thHighest Economic Output: 1,785thTop
5%
Largest Mining Sector: 2,262ndLargest Insurance Industry: 2,448thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 2,459thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,967thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 3,174thLargest Agricultural Sector: 3,755thLargest Populations: 4,500thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,558thHighest Average Incomes: 4,890thMost Avoided: 5,163rdMost Corrupt Governments: 5,924thHighest Disposable Incomes: 6,024thMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,038thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 6,095thMost Devout: 7,633rdLargest Retail Industry: 7,936thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 8,893rdHighest Poor Incomes: 9,727thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 10,093rdTop
10%
Largest Publishing Industry: 11,996thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 13,219thMost Stationary: 14,650thMost Scientifically Advanced: 14,665thMost Subsidized Industry: 14,754thLargest Governments: 15,864thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,865thMost Efficient Economies: 16,235thMost Developed: 16,397thLowest Crime Rates: 16,475thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17,365thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,478thMost Advanced Public Transport: 17,790thMost Influential: 19,957thLongest Average Lifespans: 20,996th
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10%
Largest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Populations: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 1st in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Wolfenium was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Longest Average Lifespans.
  • : Wolfenium was ranked in the Top 10% of the world for Most Influential.
  • : Wolfenium was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
  • : Wolfenium was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
  • : Wolfenium was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
  • : Wolfenium was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
  • : Wolfenium was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
  • : Wolfenium was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector and the Top 10% for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Wolfenium was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector and the Top 10% for Most World Assembly Endorsements.
  • : Wolfenium published "Burning Paradise" (Meta: Reference).

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