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The Elected Monarchy of World Trade

“Get out there and re-elect me!!!” The Monarch Elect

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Very Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Good

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Thaecia

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World Trade

Population4.409 billion

CapitalNew Elizabeth
LeaderThe Monarch Elect
Faithatheism

CurrencyCrypto-pound
Animalwild Prince Charles

The Elected Monarchy of World Trade is a massive, cultured nation, ruled by The Monarch Elect with an even hand, and remarkable for its compulsory military service, devotion to social welfare, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 4.409 billion Brussians 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 medium-sized, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Education, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of New Elizabeth. The average income tax rate is 88.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient World Tradean economy, worth a remarkable 1,049 trillion Crypto-pounds a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with major contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Uranium Mining. Black market activity is rampant. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an amazing 237,966 Crypto-pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Young soldiers are shocked to discover there are no 'safe spaces' on a battlefield, scenic mountain valleys are flooded with water as damming projects get underway, electricity company executives pray nightly to Zeus and Thor, and citizens are deployed to barren deserts to protect small territorial claims. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. World Trade's national animal is the wild Prince Charles, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is atheism.

World Trade is ranked 4,127th in the world and 10th in Thaecia for Most Developed, scoring 94.66 on the Human Development Index.

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Most Scientifically Advanced: 1,712thTop
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2,193rdRudest Citizens: 2,372ndLargest Insurance Industry: 2,937thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,108thMost Efficient Economies: 3,204thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3,543rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 3,686thHighest Poor Incomes: 3,745thHighest Average Incomes: 3,876thMost Developed: 4,127thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 4,140thSmartest Citizens: 4,447thMost Influential: 4,683rdMost Subsidized Industry: 4,728thLargest Black Market: 5,159thMost Avoided: 5,788thLargest Mining Sector: 6,041stMost Valuable International Artwork: 6,080thLargest Governments: 6,101stMost Corrupt Governments: 6,444thLargest Retail Industry: 6,873rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7,375thLowest Crime Rates: 7,546thMost Secular: 7,613thHighest Average Tax Rates: 9,021stMost Advanced Public Education: 9,151stTop
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Longest Average Lifespans: 10,361stLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,607thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 12,420thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,030thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,502ndLargest Publishing Industry: 15,542ndHighest Economic Output: 16,000thHealthiest Citizens: 18,355th
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Most Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 3rd in the regionMost Avoided: 3rd in the regionTop
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Highest Average Incomes: 4th in the regionRudest Citizens: 4th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 6th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 9th in the regionMost Developed: 10th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 13th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Governments: 14th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 14th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 17th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 17th in the regionTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 21st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 22nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 23rd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 24th in the regionMost Secular: 26th in the regionMost Average: 27th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 34th in the regionLargest Populations: 34th in the regionMost Influential: 35th in the region

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