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The Elected Monarchy of World Trade

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

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
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Regional Influence: Truckler

Location: Thaecia


World Trade

Population5.811 billion

CapitalNew Elizabeth
LeaderThe Monarch Elect

Animalwild Prince Charles

The Elected Monarchy of World Trade is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by The Monarch Elect with an even hand, and notable for its pith helmet sales, sprawling nuclear power plants, and keen interest in outer space. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 5.811 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 92.5%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient World Tradean economy, worth a remarkable 1,535 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 264,225 Crypto-pounds, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The military maintains a fierce arsenal of 'Cure Missiles', all work and no play has rendered the nation's children somewhat intelligent but also remarkably dull, a favorite "life hack" for gap year backpackers is to pretend to be homeless for government handouts, and there's an aura of pseudoscience around academia. 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 145,053rd in the world and 247th in Thaecia for Most Politically Free, scoring 55.24 on the Diebold Election Inking Scale.

Most Valuable International Artwork: 362ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 1,128thLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,485thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,516thRudest Citizens: 2,291stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 2,385thTop
Most Influential: 2,477thMost Efficient Economies: 2,510thMost Developed: 2,815thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,833rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 2,978thHighest Average Incomes: 3,018thSmartest Citizens: 3,261stLargest Insurance Industry: 3,837thMost Subsidized Industry: 3,868thMost Secular: 4,058thLargest Mining Sector: 4,288thLargest Black Market: 4,294thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 4,341stLargest Governments: 4,550thMost Corrupt Governments: 5,722ndLowest Crime Rates: 5,905thMost Avoided: 6,018thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,104thLargest Retail Industry: 6,260thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,820thLongest Average Lifespans: 7,210thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9,840thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 10,437thHighest Economic Output: 11,314thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 11,677thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 13,722ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 14,075thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 15,910thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,099thMost Average: 23,740th
Most Valuable International Artwork: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 2nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 2nd in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 3rd in the regionMost Developed: 3rd in the regionLargest Black Market: 3rd in the regionTop
Most Efficient Economies: 4th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 4th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Avoided: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5th in the regionRudest Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Governments: 6th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 7th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 7th in the regionMost Average: 7th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 7th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 9th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9th in the regionMost Secular: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 11th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 15th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 17th in the regionMost Influential: 17th in the regionTop
Longest Average Lifespans: 18th in the regionLargest Populations: 22nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 32nd in the region

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