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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:
Good
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Very Good

Regional Influence: Handshaker

Location: Thaecia

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World Trade

Population6.189 billion

CapitalNew Elizabeth
LeaderThe Monarch Elect
Faithatheism

CurrencyCrypto-pound
Animalwild Prince Charles

The Elected Monarchy of World Trade is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by The Monarch Elect with an even hand, and renowned for its closed borders, smutty television, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 6.189 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 93.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient World Tradean economy, worth a remarkable 1,648 trillion Crypto-pounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a large, well-organized, broadly diversified black market in Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Retail, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is an amazing 266,387 Crypto-pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The military perceives nations hit by natural disasters as "easy pickings", pareidolic SETI scientists swear there's a message from aliens hidden within pi, the country has been 'going shopping' by annexing nearby nations for their resources, and euthanasia is illegal. 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 4,946th in the world and 4th in Thaecia for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring 6,697.63 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most Valuable International Artwork: 477thMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,085thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,362ndHighest Poor Incomes: 1,455thRudest Citizens: 1,938thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,223rdMost Influential: 2,366thTop
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Most Efficient Economies: 2,547thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,571stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,722ndMost Developed: 2,814thHighest Average Incomes: 2,954thSmartest Citizens: 3,180thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,856thMost Secular: 3,862ndLargest Black Market: 4,222ndLargest Mining Sector: 4,345thLargest Governments: 4,389thLargest Insurance Industry: 4,946thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,682ndLowest Crime Rates: 5,735thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,902ndMost Advanced Public Education: 6,038thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,271stLargest Retail Industry: 6,644thMost Avoided: 6,862ndLongest Average Lifespans: 7,122ndMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 9,997thHighest Economic Output: 10,597thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 11,900thTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 12,991stHealthiest Citizens: 13,563rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15,132ndHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,998thLargest Publishing Industry: 18,758th
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Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 2nd in the regionLargest Black Market: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionTop
5%
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionLargest Governments: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 6th in the regionMost Avoided: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 8th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 9th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 10th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 10th in the regionMost Average: 11th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 12th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 13th in the regionMost Influential: 15th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 18th in the regionLargest Populations: 19th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 21st in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in World Trade, euthanasia is illegal.
  • : World Trade was endorsed by The Commonwealth of American Workers Unions.
  • : World Trade was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry.
  • : Following new legislation in World Trade, the country has been 'going shopping' by annexing nearby nations for their resources.
  • : Following new legislation in World Trade, pareidolic SETI scientists swear there's a message from aliens hidden within pi.
  • : Following new legislation in World Trade, the military perceives nations hit by natural disasters as "easy pickings".
  • : World Trade was ranked in the Top 1% of the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
  • : Following new legislation in World Trade, newborns are being raised as mindless killing machines.
  • : Following new legislation in World Trade, clergy who start talking about politics are forced to take a holy vow of silence.
  • : Following new legislation in World Trade, promising seven years of bad luck leads to seven years of community service.

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