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The Soul-Crushing Factories of Wulfhelm

“Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto”

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Political Freedoms:
Unheard Of

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: The Vast



Population34.286 billion

LeaderMargrave Luther
FaithNeo Lutheran

AnimalWild Boar

The Soul-Crushing Factories of Wulfhelm is a gargantuan, cultured nation, ruled by Margrave Luther with an iron fist, and remarkable for its museums and concert halls, triple-decker prams, and complete absence of social welfare. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless population of 34.286 billion Wulfens are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The minute, corrupt, pro-business, well-organized government, or what there is of one, prioritizes Industry, although Defense and Law & Order are also considered important, while Environment and Welfare receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Lothangross. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Wulfhelmian economy, worth an astonishing 28,585 trillion Marks a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Automobile Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining. Average income is a breathtaking 833,741 Marks, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 6,243,724 per year while the poor average 32,261, a ratio of 193 to 1.

A National Academy regulates grammar and usage, scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished, prices fluctuate manically for no fathomable reason, and citizens have reported seeing strange rays of light emanating from the moon. Crime is all-pervasive, with the police force struggling against a lack of funding and a high mortality rate. Wulfhelm's national animal is the Wild Boar, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Neo Lutheran.

Wulfhelm is ranked 15th in the world and 1st in The Vast for Largest Manufacturing Sector, scoring 193,793.99 on the Gooback-Jerbs Productivity Index.

Highest Wealthy Incomes: 3rdHighest Disposable Incomes: 10thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 13thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 14thHighest Economic Output: 14thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 15thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 16thHighest Average Incomes: 21stLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 21stMost Avoided: 27thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 29thLargest Insurance Industry: 29thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 40thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 41stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 48thLargest Gambling Industry: 48thMost Armed: 50thFattest Citizens: 53rdHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 57thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 61stMost Scientifically Advanced: 76thLargest Mining Sector: 80thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 101stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 110thLargest Retail Industry: 154thLargest Agricultural Sector: 157thLargest Populations: 163rdMost Corrupt Governments: 178thRudest Citizens: 288thSmartest Citizens: 436thLargest Information Technology Sector: 446thMost Subsidized Industry: 641stHighest Crime Rates: 650thLargest Publishing Industry: 964thLargest Governments: 1,430thTop
Most Efficient Economies: 1,851stLargest Black Market: 2,679thNudest: 3,563rdGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 5,398thMost Pro-Market: 6,233rdMost Cultured: 7,635thTop
Most Advanced Defense Forces: 9,325thMost Extreme: 13,921st
Lowest Overall Tax Burden: 1st in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionFattest Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Armed: 1st in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 1st in the regionMost Pro-Market: 1st in the regionMost Avoided: 1st in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 1st in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 1st in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 1st in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 1st in the regionNudest: 1st in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 1st in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 1st in the regionRudest Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 1st in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1st in the regionHighest Crime Rates: 1st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 1st in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 1st in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 1st in the region

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